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Strongest May growth for online retail since 2010

UK online retail sales rose 19.4% year-on-year in May, according to the latest IMRG – Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index. The Index tracks online sales, defined as ‘transactions completed fully, including payment, via interactive channels from any location, including in-store’. In a month that saw scorching temperatures, a royal wedding, the …

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Waitrose launches ‘vin in a tin’

Just in time for the summer festival and picnic season, Waitrose is launching wine in a can, From Monday (June 25), an organic rosé and shiraz sourced by Robert Eden of Chateau Maris, will be available in recyclable 250ml cans – the equivalent to one large glass. The supermarket chain …

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Government introduces bill to tackle knife crime and acid attacks

The Home Secretary introduced new legislation on Wednesday (June 20) to ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses. According to the British Independent Retailers Association (bira), the new Offensive Weapons Bill will make it harder for young people to buy knives and acid online, with …

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Great British Menu to celebrate 70th anniversary of NHS

‘Great British Menu’ (GBM) is back on BBC Two this summer, and this year – for the first time ever – one chef will be crowned the champion of champions when banquet diners vote on their favourite dish in the final episode. .The series also will celebrate the 70th anniversary …

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Waitrose introduces vegetable cheesecake

In what is billed as a UK supermarket first, Waitrose has launched two sweet vegetable cheesecakes. The dessert will be available in two flavours of avocado & lime and beetroot & raspberry. The supermarket chain’s desserts product developer Samantha Cooke said: “At Waitrose, we are always innovating. Although carrot cake …

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England set to be world champions – in the beer stakes, says Tesco

With the World Cup under way, Tesco predicts that England are set to become world champions – when it comes to beer sales. The supermarket chain claims that of the countries competing in the football tournament, English lagers, ales and craft beers are so popular that they dwarf the beer retail …

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Portmeirion pays homage to founder Susan Williams-Ellis

Tableware manufacturer Portmeirion will pay homage to its founder Susan Williams-Ellis with a dedicated display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London later this year. The free display, entitled ‘Portmeirion: Pottery Trendsetter’, will open on October 31 and run for nine months until July 28. It will follow the …

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John Lewis shoppers celebrate Father’s Day

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday June 16) were up 5.7% on the same week last year. The department store groups’ buying director for fashion Christine Kasoulis said “sales benefited from customers buying Father’s Day gifts and enjoying offers as we price-matched a competitor’s promotion”. Due to …

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Waitrose shoppers go big on vegan and vegetarian food

Divisional sales excluding fuel were down 0.1% for Waitrose last week (to Saturday June 16) compared with the same week last year when the UK enjoyed warmer weather. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said Father’s Day led to a strong week of sales for spirits, including cognac, while …

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John Lewis pilots pick-up ‘buyback’ service

John Lewis is piloting a service in which customers can arrange for unwanted clothing bought from its shops and website to be collected from their home – and be paid immediately for each item, regardless of its condition. The department store group’s initiative is being tested by over 100 John …

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