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Laid back summer days cost Brits £1.5bn in garden thefts

A fifth (17%) of Brits have had items stolen from their garden, with one in three (31%) claiming they’ve been burgled twice or more in the past five years, according to a survey by Co-op Insurance. The study, which was conducted among 2,000 homeowners with gardens in June 2018 on …

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BBC Two commissions Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start

Tom Kerridge will return to BBC Two next year with ‘Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start’, inspiring New Year’s resolutions for January 2019. Following the success of TV series ‘Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight For Good’, which launched to a total audience of 3.5 million, the Michelin-starred chef is back – and this …

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Sainsbury’s launches new Leeds Local store

Sainsbury’s officially opened the doors to its new Local store at the Wellington Place in Leeds today (Wednesday July 18). At 2,800sq ft, the store is one Sainsbury’s largest Local branches. It will offer the new city centre development’s businesses and residents a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy …

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M&S joins forces with Octopus Energy

Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Octopus Energy announced a partnership today (Wednesday July 18) to supply energy and services under the M&S Energy brand from September. The retailer said the collaboration is designed to create ‘a more progressive, digital and commercial M&S Energy, that will deliver growth to the M&S …

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Home Hardware (Scotland) appoints new buyer

Home Hardware (Scotland) has recruited Lorraine Thomson to the role of housewares and Christmas buyer. Lorraine previously worked at retailer Wright’s Home Hardware in the North Ayrshire town of Largs for two years. Chris McEwan, general manager of Home Hardware (Scotland), said: “Lorraine has gained a wealth of product knowledge …

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Millions take part in Amazon’s biggest Prime Day yet

The UK joined 16 other countries around the world yesterday to celebrate Prime Day 2018 (Tuesday July 17), Amazon’s exclusive shopping event for Prime members. Prime Day 2018 was the busiest shopping event of the year so far on Amazon.co.uk, with millions of items ordered. This year’s Prime Day was …

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BBC celebrates The Big British Asian Summer with new foodie shows

A pan-BBC season entitled ‘The Big British Asian Summer’ will air across TV and radio next month. BBC controller of factual commissioning Alison Kirkham said: “The Big British Asian Summer is a wonderfully rich season of programmes from across the BBC, exploring the cultural, social and familial impact of these two …

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John Lewis customers get prepped for summer hols

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday July 14) were down 6.2%. The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams said the continued hot weather and sporting events impacted performance. Home sales were down 11%. However, Jon noted that summer merchandise had “a strong week, seeing sales …

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Waitrose shoppers opt for home entertaining and alfresco dining

Total sales for Waitrose. excluding fuel, were 3.3% higher last week (to Saturday July 14) than last year. The grocer’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst​ said: “The warm weather and sporting events led to strong sales of foods suited to entertaining and spending time outdoors. This included our ranges …

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HOUSE set to open fourth store in the UK

HOUSE will open its fourth UK store on Saturday August 4 at intu Chapelfield shopping centre in the Norfolk town of Norwich. The branch is the fourth opened by the Australian retailer in the UK this year. The first opened at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on April 16, …

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