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BHETA welcomes Vitality House and Tramontina

Housewares suppliers Vitality House and Tramonita have joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). Vitality House was founded in 2008. It started from a simple website and now owns its own offices and warehousing space, and has its own shop on Dorking High Street in Surrey. The company works …

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Star billing for housewares on new Channel 4 series

A new Channel 4 show is putting housewares products in the spotlight. The 30-part series, called ‘Buy It Now’, kicked off on Monday (April 16) and is airing weekdays at 5.30pm. In each 30-minute episode, inventors of products – including housewares – are given the chance to pitch their wares to a …

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New exhibitors for Exclusively Shows

The organiser of Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical has revealed the names of 28 new exhibitors for the upcoming event. The companies that will be making their debut at the co-located London trade shows are: AEG, Sasa Demarle, Doulton Water Filters, Chilly’s Bottles, Scott (UK), New Soda, Tramontina, Neoflam, Tatay, …

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ProCook posts 20% rise in annual sales to over £25 million

Housewares chain ProCook has announced its financial year-end figures for 2017/2018. Overall sales were up 20% including a 10% like-for-like increase, taking total revenue for the business to over £25 million. ProCook attributes the result to a strong performance by its ecommerce channels, which grew by 43%. Building on its …

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Poor weather affects weekly sales at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis last week (to Saturday April 14) were down 7.1% on last year. The department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis said the result was in part due to poor weather and the annualising of Easter promotions in the same week last year. He noted that …

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Waitrose stocks Cornish Blue duck eggs for first time

Waitrose has extended its speciality eggs range to include Cornish Blue duck eggs, available exclusively at the supermarket chain. The debut of these greenish-blue shelled eggs – which are from wild mallard ducks on Cornish farms – follows growing demand for speciality eggs at the retailer, which has seen a 30% …

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Waitrose shoppers go for canned soup and spring cleaning

Total sales excluding fuel were down 21.2% at Waitrose last week (to Saturday April 14) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson said: “Comparisons are heavily distorted by the earlier fall of Easter this year. This means that data is being compared to 2017’s …

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Amazon is now the UK’s fifth largest retailer, says GlobalData

Amazon is now the fifth biggest player in UK retail, according to GlobalData. The data and analytics company said the online giant accounted for over £4 in every £100 spent on retail in 2017, with its revenue estimated to have risen 22.5% last year, compared with a total online spend …

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Romania tipped as the latest wine hotspot

Waitrose has reported a surge in the popularity of Romanian wine, as sales increase by 17% year-on-year. The supermarket chain’s own-label Blueprint Romanian Pinot Noir is showing a rise in sales of 60% against last year, as the cherry-scented variety proves popular with shoppers. Waitrose wine buyer Victoria Mason said: …

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Housewares names reach finals of Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards 2018

The finalists have been announced for the Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards 2018. They are owned and organised by Max Publishing, which produces The UK Licensing Awards, The Licensing Source Book and licensingsource.net.  The winners will be revealed on April 26 at an afternoon event held at The Dorchester Hotel …

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