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Brits set to spend nearly £420 million on Halloween

A new study by market researcher Mintel reveals that Brits will spend £419 million on Halloween this year – up 5% from £400 million in 2017. Last year, half (52%) of all Brits splashed out on celebrating the annual festivity, rising to 85% of parents of under-fives. But according to …

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ProCook opens new stores and posts strong half-year sales

Multichannel housewares chain ProCook has reported strong sales growth for the first half of 2018/19. The brand said its half-year sales figures were up 25% on the previous year and up 16% like-for-like. With bricks-and-mortar retail sales remaining stable on last year, the retailer attributed the performance to its ecommerce …

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September online retail sales slump to lowest level this year

UK online retail sales experienced its lowest September growth (+7.5% year-on-year) since 2014, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. The Index noted: ‘Online sales have faltered since England’s World Cup exit in July and the close of the hot summer. Despite a brief uplift around the August …

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Autumn chill puts Sunday lunch back on the menu

Shoppers have returned to seasonal favourites as supermarket spending cools off, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel. The consumer panel researcher said that for the 12 weeks to October 7, overall sales grew 3.2% compared with the year-ago period. It noted: ‘Though this is a slight slowdown from …

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Kuvings partners with UK Juicers

Kuvings, the South Korean technology company that specialises healthy eating appliances such as juicers and blenders, has appointed UK Juicers as sole distributor for the UK market. Il hwa (Andy) Song, European general director for NUC Electronics Group Europe, said: “Kuvings is entering an exciting phase as a business, investing …

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Amazon to create 1,000 jobs across three cities

Amazon plans to open a new corporate office in Manchester in 2019. Located in the city’s Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter, the six-storey, 90,000sq ft site will create at least 600 new corporate and R&D roles. The online retailer will also expand its Development Centres in Edinburgh and Cambridge, …

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Heston brings sweetbreads to Waitrose & Partners

Heston Blumenthal is bringing back a forgotten cut of meat to Waitrose & Partners. The dish – Heston from Waitrose Veal Chop & Sweetbreads with Sauce Reform and a Sherry Vinegar Butter – is inspired by a creation on offer at the celebrity chef’s one Michelin star restaurant: The Hind’s …

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Asda stocks unicorn candy apples for Halloween

Asda’s Toffee and Candy Apples are available in-store at 60p each from today (Thursday October 18). A well-established Autumn staple, the apples are popular for Halloween parties – and now come in three flavours. Alongside the classic bright red Toffee Apple, there is the Candy Apple coated with milk chocolate …

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Aldi unveils its luxury winter home range

Aldi has revealed details of its Luxury Winter Home range, which is available to purchase in-store from today (Thursday October 18), while stocks last. The supermarket chain said: ‘With prices starting at just £7.99, shoppers will need to be quick, as with all our special buys, once they’re gone, they’re …

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Waitrose launches own-label vegan and vegetarian range

As the number of consumers adopting a vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diet continues to grow, Waitrose & Partners has reported that sales of vegan and vegetarian products are up 85% compared with last year. To celebrate this trend, the supermarket chain is expanding its offering with the launch of an …

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