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Amazon unwraps the nation’s last minute Christmas Eve purchases

As the festive period approaches, Amazon has revealed the late purchases made on Christmas Eve 2017 via its Prime Now delivery service, that allows customers in selected postcodes to order as late as 10pm on Christmas Eve 2018 for same-day delivery. Food items including Morrisons Christmas pudding, Morrisons Wensleydale with …

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Home sales down 7.3% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 5.1% last week (to Saturday December 8). The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said this figure “was partly due to a reduction in promotional activity compared to the same period last year”. She added: “Home sales were …

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Christmas orders roll in for Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 2.5% last week (to Saturday December 8) against the same week last year which, according to the supermarket chain, saw more widespread promotional activity. Customer director Martin George said: “Christmas orders were higher this year compared to the same period …

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Soma joins Auteur’s brand portfolio

A design-led filtration brand called Soma is the latest name to join housewares distributor Auteur’s portfolio. Soma (which means ‘drink of the gods’) offers filtration and hydration products which incorporate sustainability ‘in every aspect’ of their products, from the bamboo handle, borosilicate glass body and sugarcane plant-based filter casing, to …

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Retailers may be breaking data protection rules with e-receipts, Which? claims

Which? is concerned that retailers are breaching data protection laws, after a snapshot investigation found some of the biggest names on the high street were including unwanted marketing information in e-receipts sent to shoppers. The consumer body sent mystery shoppers to 11 retail outlets across the UK operated by Topshop, …

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Lakeland smashes Guinness World Record attempt

Housewares chain Lakeland is ‘over the moon’ after triumphing in a Guinness World Record attempt held at its flagship store in Windermere on November 9 and November 10. Three staff members – Stella Wilson, Zoey Haliwell and Jane Nicholson – baked continuously for 30 consecutive hours each, from 11am on …

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New appointments at Stax Trade Centres

  Housewares wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has announced details of two major new appointments at its Manchester branch. Richard Cartwright and Andy Dilworth have joined the company as area sales representatives. Richard is taking on responsibility for North Wales and Merseyside, while Andy is focusing on the rest of the …

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T&G Woodware hosts export discussion

Housewares supplier T&G Woodware recently welcomed a visit from Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox MP to its headquarters in Bristol for a round table discussion with local SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) on the subject of exporting. Chaired by Paul Shand, south-west regional director for DIT …

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Strong Trading at Leekes

South Wales-based Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has reported a year of strong results. The family-run business achieved turnover of more than £85 million in the year to 31 March 2018, which resulted in an EBITDA of £4.3 million and strong pre-tax profits. In the first half of the 2018-9 …

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Waitrose & Partners launches branch in Evesham

Waitrose & Partners unveiled a new branch on November 22 in the Worcestershire market town of Evesham. The supermarket chain’s new store, which has created 100 jobs, carries thousands of food and drink products, including Waitrose’s Christmas range ready for the festive season. It also has a cafe and a …

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