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Sourdough and stone fruit sales soar at Waitrose

Sales excluding fuel were up 1% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday November 3), compared with the same period a year ago. The supermarket chain’s IT director Mike Sackman said: “Sales of sourdough rose by 49%, with sourdough crumpets also proving popular, up 15%. Stone fruit had a …

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Retail sales edge up by 0.1% in October

UK retail sales increased by 0.1% in October on a like-for-like basis from October 2017, according to the latest statistics from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. The monthly BRC-KPMG sales monitor reveals that on a total basis, sales increased 1.3% in October, against an increase of 0.2% in …

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Argos unwraps festive advert

Argos’ 2018 Christmas advert made its debut last Thursday (November 1) during primetime ad breaks during ‘Coronation Street’ on ITV and ‘Gogglebox’ on Channel 4. The ad features the ‘Christmas fool’ – an impish creature that causes chaos about the house as anxious families try to put the finishing touches …

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M&S launches eco shopping bag

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new eco-shopping bag that aims to help prevent waste and reduce poverty among people living in Haiti and the Philippines. Launching in stores on Tuesday (November 6), the reusable bag is made from 75% ‘Social Plastic’, which is plastic waste that has been …

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Experts to discuss retailing trends at Chicago show

  Digital marketing and omnichannel retailing trends will be the subject of several presentations at the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, held from March 2 to March 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place complex. A total of 20-plus sessions will be offered in the show’s Innovation Theater over the four …

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Amazon.co.uk prepares for biggest ever Black Friday Sale

Amazon.co.uk has announced that its Black Friday Sale will run for 10 days, from 00:00 on Friday November 16 until 23:59 on Sunday November 25, with ‘more offers than ever before’ on consumer electronics, home items, toys, games, fashion, jeweller and beauty products. Amazon will offer ‘Deals of the Day’ …

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Smart home products up 53% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 0.3% last week (to Saturday October 27). The department store group’s director of operations development Simon Russell said: “Home was down 5.8% although filled bedding saw an uplift of 5% driven by the cooler weather. Decorative bedding also had a good …

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Waitrose shoppers get set for Halloween

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were flat last week (to Saturday October 27) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson said: “Halloween celebrations were well underway as shoppers looked to decorate their homes, with sales of Halloween flowers up by 44%. “Customers …

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Last chance to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019!

The final deadline to enter The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 is tomorrow (October 31). Organised annually by Datateam Business Media – publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner www.HousewaresLive.net – in partnership with annual home and gift show Spring Fair, the Awards honour the UK’s most outstanding housewares companies …

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Liz Lawson completes charity cycle challenge

  Liz Lawson, managing director of south-west independent housewares chain Lawsons, has raised £1,245 for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust, after taking part in three 100k cycling events within four weeks. She intended to participate in three sportives [an organised, mass-participation cycling event]: the Rapha Women’s 100k on September …

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