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Home sales down 5% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis totalled £74.9m last week (to Saturday April 22), up 1.6% year-on-year. The department store group’s online trade director Mark Felix commented: “Sales were still impacted by the fall of Easter this year compared with last. The majority of John Lewis shops were shut on Easter …

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Picnicware up 140% at Waitrose

Total sales, excluding fuel, were down 4.6% at Waitrose for the week ending last Saturday (April 22) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s property & development director Nigel Keen said: “Comparisons are heavily distorted due to the fall of Easter. This means we are comparing a full …

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Groupe SEB introduces 10 year repair promise to UK

Groupe SEB claims to be the first small domestic appliance manufacturer to launch a 10-year repairability programme in the UK, promising ‘easy repair’ for 95% of its product range for 10 years or more. Explaining the scheme, Groupe SEB (which represents brands Tefal, Rowenta, Moulinex and Krups) said: ‘As well …

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Upsized White Company store opens at Bluewater

The White Company has opened its upsized store at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. The lifestyle brand has almost doubled in presence to create a 5,881sq ft statement store in Unit L103 on the Lower Guildhall. It showcases all of The White Company’s products, from women’s fashion and accessories to …

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Whirlpool provides cooking appliances for Culinary Genius

Whirlpool has provided six cooking appliances from its Fusion built-in collection to ITV daytime cookery show ‘Culinary Genius’. Described by ITV as ‘an entirely original format, mixing food with game show and cooking elements’, ‘Culinary Genius’ is a competitive cookery show, The 20-part series, hosted by TV presenter Fern Britton, …

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Pulse announces ShopTalk speaker line-up

Next month’s London trade show Pulse will include ‘ShopTalk’: a conference programme devised to provide practical insights to support and inform retail businesses. Presented by events organisation 5X15, the agenda includes three keynote speakers from Skandium,  Heal’s and MADE.com. The trio will each give a presentation on one day of …

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Robert Welch Designs wins 2017 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

Housewares company Robert Welch Designs has joined an elite number of businesses in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. Robert Welch Designs’ honour is in recognition of the integrated sharpening and storage capabilities incorporated into its Signature Knife Block Set, which has resulted in the Signature range making …

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Craft Potter in demand at Denby

As part of a commitment to maintaining traditional skills, Denby Pottery is looking to recruit a craft potter to join its craftroom and design team. The company, which has over 200 years of history of producing glazed stoneware in Derbyshire, said the successful candidate must be an accomplished thrower with …

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Brits celebrate National Tea Day

Today (Friday April 21) is National Tea Day. To commemorate the nation’s love for the great British cuppa, hotel chain Premier Inn has polled 1,000 consumers to find out which city drinks the most tea, and the preferred strengths of this hot beverage. As a nation we consume 205 million …

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Bira lays out priorities ahead of General Election

Following the news on Wednesday (April 19) that MPs overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap general election on June 8, the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has made a statement. The organisation said it ‘looks forward to all political parties setting out their manifesto pledges in …

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