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32 new exhibitors booked for Exclusively Shows

The organiser of Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical has revealed details of new exhibitors for the upcoming event. A total of 32 companies have confirmed their debut at the co-located London trade shows, which will be held on June 12 and June 13 at the Business Design Centre in Islington. …

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Take part in the July/August issue of Housewares Magazine

We are now working on the July/August 2018 issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical Review Autumn Fair: Preview Bakeware Sugarcraft/cake decorating Weighing and Measuring Tools and Gadgets Colour In The Home Smart & Connected Products Preserving What’s New? WOULD YOU LIKE TO …

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The June issue of Housewares Magazine is out now

Don’t miss out on the latest edition of Housewares Magazine! The June issue is packed with pages of show news, products and interviews with industry personalities. There is a preview of the upcoming Exclusively Shows (Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical), which are due take place in London on June 12 …

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Store sales make a comeback in May

UK retail sales increased by 2.8% in May on a like-for-like basis from May 2017, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) – KPMG monthly retail sales monitor. On a total basis, sales increased 4.1% in May, against an increase of 0.2% in May 2017. This is above the 3-month …

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Waitrose launches reusable Emma Bridgewater shopping bag made from recycled plastic bottles

In a ‘first to market’, Waitrose has joined forces with designer Emma Bridgewater and reusable bags manufacturer Jutexpo to create a reusable bag made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. Each bag is created using material from seven plastic bottles, in a process which turns the plastic into a practical fabric …

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Cookshop sales rise by 6.5% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis last week (to Saturday June 2) were up 0.1% on last year. The department store group commented that ‘a particularly warm bank holiday had an impact on sales’. John Lewis buying director for Home and EHT [Electronics & Home Technology] Johnathan Marsh noted that while …

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BHETA launches ‘ground-breaking’ GfK data service

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) is launching a retail data service for members, following an exclusive deal with research and data provider GfK. The trade body will supply its members with quarterly updated retail point-of-sale data, delivered from GfK’s network of UK retailers. The statistics will be broken down …

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John Lewis Partnership acquires home improvement business Opun

John Lewis Partnership announced today (Monday, June 4) that it has acquired Opun, which manages home improvement projects on behalf of customers. The retailer said the acquisition will strengthen its position in the home services market while also complementing its home product range. Following the acquisition, Opun will operate as …

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IKEA appoints new UK and Ireland country retail manager

IKEA UK and Ireland country retail manager Gillian Drakeford has joined Inter IKEA Systems (the owner of the IKEA Concept and worldwide franchiser) as IKEA retail system manager. Gillian was succeeded yesterday (Friday June 1) by Javier Quiñones, who has held the post of IKEA UK and Ireland deputy retail …

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Heal’s launches store at Westfield London’s White City shopping centre

Homeware retailer Heal’s has expanded its portfolio with a brand new store that opened in Westfield London’s White City shopping centre last Thursday (May 31). The product range at the 426sq m branch is an edit of the retailer’s best-selling designs from its flagship on London’s Tottenham Court Road, including …

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