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Dunelm CFO Keith Down set to step down

Dunelm announced today (Tuesday February 20) that its chief financial officer (CFO) Keith Down will step down in June to take up a role closer to his family home. Keith said: “I have enjoyed my time at Dunelm. The business has made great progress during the last few years and …

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Salter Housewares now available through EPE International

Weighing scales brand Salter Housewares has announced a partnership with small domestic appliances and cookware distributor EPE International. Under the arrangement, buyers will now be able to order Salter’s range of kitchen and bathroom scales alongside other housewares products directly from EPE International. Salter Housewares marketing manager Cedric Barnsby said: …

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Gifts, Cook and Dine sales up 3% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for last week (to Saturday February 17) were down 0.7% on the week-ago period. The department store group’s online trade director Mark Felix said Home sales were down 3.7%. But Valentine’s Day helped increase sales in Gifts, Cook and Dine, where sales were up 3%, …

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Waitrose gears up for Easter with chocolate avocado egg

Divisional sales excluding fuel at Waitrose last week (to Saturday February 17) were up 3.6% compared with the same week last year. Sales of prepared meals increased by 3% boosted by the supermarket chain’s Valentine’s Day meal deal, which proved popular with customers. Wine sales were also up 11%, helped …

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Bunnings Warehouse opens four stores in one day

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened the doors to four new branches on February 1. The stores are at Walthamstow in east London, Hanworth in Middlesex, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Newmarket in Suffolk. Walthamstow is on the site of the former Homebase on Fulbourne Road and …

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Record number of visitors for Ambiente

A record number of visitors travelled to German trade show Ambiente, making the fair the most international ever. In total, 134,600 buyers from 168 countries visited Frankfurt am Main to attend the five-day exhibition, which ended on February 13. Organise Messe Frankfurt said: ‘As expected, there were fewer German visitors …

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IKEA announces opening date for new Exeter store

The doors of IKEA’s new Exeter store will officially open to the public on Tuesday May 1. The Swedish homeware giant has invested £80 million in the 29,000sq m branch on Newcourt Way in the Devon city, which will be its 21st full sized store in the UK and 22nd …

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Spring/Summer 2018 arrives at Argos

Argos has launched its Spring/Summer 2018 collection at its 800 stores with thousands of new products and several new brands. The multi-channel retailer has launched collections under six home trends, each designed to bring ‘a unique aesthetic, embracing quality and delivering key looks for the new season’. Argos said: ‘Artisan …

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