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Chicago housewares show announces details of networking events

Buyers and exhibitors at the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show will have several opportunities to network on and off the show floor, according to the event’s owner and operator International Housewares Association (IHA). Nearly 60,000 visitors (including buyers from 130 countries) and more than 2,200 exhibitors are expected to …

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Gift of the Year 2019 contest open for entries

The Gift of the Year 2019 competition is open for entries across 20 categories. Organised by the Giftware Association (GA), the annual awards programme closes on November 30 and the winners will be announced on the first evening of Spring Fair. GA said: ‘The largest and most prestigious product competition …

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One week left to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019

The final deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 is next Wednesday (October 31). Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner www.HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the UK’s most outstanding housewares …

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John Lewis reports on 2018 shopping trends

John Lewis & Partners has released its annual retail report that takes a look at how we ‘shop, live and look’ in 2018. The findings are based on the department store group’s shopping data from August 2017 to September 2018. Trading director Simon Coble said: “It’s fascinating to see what …

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Sales of small electricals up 11% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 1.2% last week (to Saturday October 20) compared with the same week last year. Jon Williams, director of merchandising operations for the department store group, said: “Overall Home sales were down 4.9%. However, sales of fitted furniture were up 38% and …

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Waitrose shoppers plan for Halloween and Christmas

Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.5% at Waitrose & Parners last week (to Saturday October 20) compared with the same week last year. Wim Van Aalst, supply chain director of the supermarket retailer, said: “Customers are busy planning for forthcoming seasonal celebrations with Halloween and Christmas grocery sales both …

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New series of ‘Gino’s Italian Escape’ coming soon

Gino D’Acampo returns to ITV for a new series next week. In ‘Gino’s Italian Escape’, the celebrity chef takes a journey along the east coast of his home country of Italy. In episode one, which airs on next Thursday (November1) from 8.30pm to 9pm, he travels to Venice and Burano. …

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TV camera crews go behind the scenes at Harrods

A brand new documentary about London retailer Harrods airs on Sunday (October 28) at 7pm on Channel 5. A trailer for ‘Inside Harrods: World’s Most Famous Department Store’ says: ‘From the fabulous and the luxurious to royal connections, find out the hidden secrets behind the world’s most famous department store.’

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Which? goes undercover to expose fake and paid-for reviews

Shoppers are being misled by unscrupulous sellers using fake and paid-for online product reviews, according to a Which? undercover investigation. The inquiry by the independent consumer body reveals how some sellers are actively bypassing the rules to offer free products in exchange for false and highly-rated reviews. Which? found evidence …

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Brits set to spend nearly £420 million on Halloween

A new study by market researcher Mintel reveals that Brits will spend £419 million on Halloween this year – up 5% from £400 million in 2017. Last year, half (52%) of all Brits splashed out on celebrating the annual festivity, rising to 85% of parents of under-fives. But according to …

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