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Brands of China returns to Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair has announced the return of its Brands of China showcase for the 15th year. The showcase will run for the duration of the Fair, which takes place from September 2 to September 5 at the NEC in Birmingham. Located in Hall 5, the showcase welcomes manufacturers and wholesalers …

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Hydration products prove popular at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday August 18) were up 3.9% on last year. The department store group’s digital director Sienne Veit said: “The cooler weather positively impacted sales as customers enjoyed buying new season items.” Sienne noted that Home sales were down 1.1% but Gifts, …

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Waitrose customers turn to cooler weather options

Divisional sales at Waitrose excluding fuel were down last week (to Saturday August 18) to 1.1% compared with the same week last year. Jo Walmsley, personnel director of the supermarket chain, said: “Customers turned to cooler weather options as the summer sunshine begins to wane. Sales of slow-cooked meat dishes …

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Sainsbury’s launches till-free shopping

Sainsbury’s is trialling new scan, pay & go technology that will enable customers in one of its London convenience stores to pay for products in-store using their smartphone. Billed by the grocer as a UK supermarket first, the new technology gives shoppers the option to grab their groceries and skip …

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Celebrity MasterChef returns this week

BBC One has revealed the line-up for the next series of Celebrity MasterChef, which returns on Thursday (August 23) at 8pm .Battling it out in the MasterChef kitchen will be: Actors Keith Allen, Chizzy Akudolu, Lisa Maxwell and John Partridge TV personality Spencer Matthews International award-winning artist and actress Stella …

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John Lewis predicts Rainbow trend for Christmas

John Lewis predicts 2018 will be the Year of the Rainbow Christmas tree. The department store group said: ‘Filled with must-have baubles, this imaginative look is the perfect way to combine all seven colour collections from John Lewis this season. To ensure your festive look is #trending, recreate the ombre …

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Horwood launches ‘Tastes of the World’ campaign

Housewares supplier Horwood has revealed details a new biannual campaign for its Stellar and Judge brands. Each Spring and Autumn. Horwood will be creating a seasonal initiative which will be supported by in-store displays, merchandise, recipes, and social media graphics and support. Horwood marketing manager James Robinson said: “By creating …

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Outdoor cooking and party products perform well for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday August 11) were down 1.8% on the same week last year. Simon Coble, trading director of the department store group, said: “The hot weather in the first part of the week continued to impact trade. “Home sales were down 7%. However, …

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Waitrose shoppers enjoy a taste of Italy

Divisional sales at Waitrose excluding fuel were up 1.6% last week (to Saturday August 11) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson said: “Shoppers getting ready for their summer breaks stocked up on suncare which saw sales rise by 75%, and travel products, …

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PHA KitchEssentials appoints Katie Holloway as London and south-east rep

Housewares distributor PHA KitchEssentials has announced the appointment of Katie Holloway as its representative for London and the south-east. PHA managing director Paul Hargreaves said: “Katie has a wealth of experience in the housewares industry from her time at [London cookshop] Divertimenti and we are very excited she is now …

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