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Habitat set to opens two stores this Autumn

Habitat will open two new stand-alone stores this autumn: at Westfield London shopping centre in September and Brighton in October. Sainsbury’s, which acquired Habitat in September 2016, is investing £1.5 million in the two new stores. The Westfield London branch will measure 4,700sq ft and will be part of the …

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Houseplants are hot news at Waitrose

Sales excluding fuel at Waitrose were 1.4% higher last week (to Saturday June 9) than last year.​​ The supermarket chain’s IT director Mike Sackman said: “The weather was warmer than expected for many areas of the country, leading to strong sales of summer foods.” Shoppers bought 27% more barbecue meats …

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John Lewis shoppers snap up Father’s Day gifts

Total sales at John Lewis rose 4.2% last week (to Saturday June 9) on the same week last year, boosted by the department store retailer price-matching competitors’ promotions through its Never Knowingly Undersold policy. John Lewis head of shop trade for London and the south-east Liz Mihell said that while …

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Football fans set for month-long food & drink fiesta

Four weeks of football action kicks off today (Thursday June 14) with the start of the World Cup in Russia. Tesco predicts that over the course of the tournament, it will sell nearly 140 million bottles and cans of beer; more than 2 million pizzas; more than 60 million bags …

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Ultimate Products rescues Kleeneze brand from administration

Ultimate Products has acquired the rights to the Kleeneze brand from the administrators. Founded in 1923, Lancashire-based Kleeneze was one of Britain’s oldest catalogue companies. It employed 69 staff at its head office based at Accrington and a further 71 at its warehouse in Heywood. David Acland and Anthony Collier …

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John Lewis starts recruiting for new Cheltenham branch

John Lewis has begun welcoming applications for around 300 new jobs at its department store in Cheltenham, which opens on October 18. The 115,000sq ft shop, which represents an £23 million investment, will open on the Gloucestershire town’s high street in the old Beechwood shopping centre. It will offer home …

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Footfall returns to high street in May

UK retail footfall fell in May by 0.4% on the previous year – a marked improvement over March and April, which recorded declines of 6% and 3.3% respectively, according to the BRC (British Retail Consortium)-Springboard’s monthly monitor. “However,” BRC-Springboard, noted, “footfall was still down, despite May being a great month …

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Waitrose joins forces with Bupa

Waitrose customers are being offered a range of services and activities from healthcare provider Bupa at 17 branches until September 1. The supermarket chain is trialling services including free self-service health stations, that test customers’ BMI, height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and body fat percentage; mini health assessments with …

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Entries open for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019

Entries have opened for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 – the most coveted awards in the UK housewares industry. Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the …

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Sainsbury’s creates Group Chief Digital Officer role

J Sainsbury has announced that Clodagh Moriarty has been promoted to its operating board as group chief digital officer, with immediate effect. The supermarket chain said Clodagh will ‘create and lead the group’s digital strategy, ensuring customers experience an integrated and seamless digital experience across Sainsbury’s, Argos, Sainsbury’s Bank and …

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