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Debenhams appoints fashion and home managing director

Steven Cook, former chief merchant of Canadian luxury department store group Holt Renfrew, is to join Debenhams as managing director of fashion and home in early January. Steven will lead the business unit that oversees the organisation’s buying, design and merchandising divisions for these categories, as the retailer continues to …

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John Lewis appoints trading director

Department store group John Lewis has recruited Simon Coble to the role of trading director. He will take up the position on January 15 and will join the John Lewis management board, reporting to managing director Paula Nickolds. Simon joins from The Body Shop, where he was managing director UK, …

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Sainsbury’s forecasts ‘Sparkling Saturday’

Sainsbury’s is predicting that Saturday (December 23) will be known as ‘Sparkling Saturday’, with the supermarket chain shoppers expected to buy 489,000 bottles of fizz in a single day. The retailer explained: ‘With Christmas Day falling on a Monday, sales are set to ‘pop’ as shoppers do their final preparations for …

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Hearty food, bubbles and Heston boost sales at Waitrose

Sales excluding fuel at Waitrose for last week (to Saturday December 16) totalled £164.24 million. The supermarket chain’s IT director Mike Sackman said this figure is the same as last year, “despite snow affecting most of the country during the first half of the week”. He added: “The success of …

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Poor weather hits John Lewis weekly sales

Sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday December 16) totalled £171.4 million – down 0.6% on the same week last year. The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous commented: “Adverse weather and heavy snow across the country saw fewer people head outside to shop – …

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Heston launches ‘sprout’ dessert at Waitrose

Waitrose has revealed that its ambassador chef Heston Blumenthal has ‘worked his magic to turn what can be the most divisive part of a traditional Christmas dinner into a dish everyone will love’: a giant ‘sprout’ filled with profiteroles. The supermarket chain promises that the Heston from Waitrose Melting Chocolate …

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‘Heston effect’ strikes again at Waitrose

Waitrose has more than doubled its initial order of bottles of the new Heston from Waitrose Citrus Sherbet Lazy Gin to cope with customer demand. The gin has seen unprecedented sales since its launch in mid-November, selling a month’s worth of stock in just one day (an average month’s worth …

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Gift of the Year Awards 2018: shortlist is out

The Giftware Association has announced the shortlist for the Gift of the Year Awards 2018. The winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony held at The Vox Conference Centre, adjacent to the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday February 4 (during the Spring Fair). The shortlisted entrants are: . Kitchen …

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Springboard forecasts footfall figures up to Christmas

Retail intelligence expert Springboard forecasts that footfall figures will decline on Christmas Eve, despite the annual ‘man-dash’, which is predicted to generate a sales uplift of 2% year-on-year in shopping centres. Springboard retail insights director Diane Wehrle said: “Given the prevailing economic conditions which have put pressure on spending, and the …

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Top Drawer launches the Spotted Awards

London trade exhibition Top Drawer has announced the launch of the Spotted Awards Spring/Summer 2018. Spotted is a firmly established feature of Top Drawer. It is described by organiser Clarion Events as ‘a curated showcase of innovative, market-ready, design-led exhibitors new to the UK trade fair market’ which has to …

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