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Tesco quadruples Christmas gift range… for pets!

Demand for dedicated festive presents for pets has soared by 300% at Tesco. In response, the supermarket chain has quadrupled its Christmas gifts range for pets from 12 items last year to more than 50 this year. Treats include Prosecco and beer for cats and dogs. The tipples (called Pawsecco …

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Waitrose achieves ‘responsible sourcing’ first

Waitrose has become the first supermarket chain to ensure that all of its branded and own-label canned tuna is either Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified or pole and line caught – meaning it is 100% responsibly sourced. The retailer said the achievement is the result of working over the last year …

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Biggest ever sales week for John Lewis

John Lewis has reported that it achieved sales of £214.3 million last week (to Saturday November 25) – up 7.2% year-on-year. The department store group’s operations director Dino Rocos commented: “After a few weeks of challenging sales in the run-up to Black Friday, this was the biggest ever week – …

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Housewares retailers road-test Eva Solo in Denmark

A selection of UK housewares retailers recently visited Denmark to road-test Eva Solo’s grill & cookware ranges. Representatives from cookshops Borough Kitchen of London, Kooks Unlimited of Richmond-upon-Thames in Surrey, David Mellor of London and Trevor Mottram of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, along with department store Fenwick Brent Cross of …

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STV sponsors Home Hardware’s Clay Pigeon Shoot Challenge

  Pest control supplier STV (and its sub-brands The Big Cheese, Defenders, and Zero) sponsored the Clay Pigeon Shoot Challenge held recently during wholesaler Home Hardware’s Convention at Woolacombe in Devon. Thirty members and partners took part in the contest, which took place on November 18 at The South West …

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Home Hardware raises £1,600 for charity

Members, suppliers and staff that attended Home Hardware’s recent Convention raised £1,600 for charity. The wholesaler held its event at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel at Woolacombe in Devon, from Friday November 17 to November 19. A total of £300 was raised for Children in Need in a draw held on the …

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Hat-trick for David Mason Design

David Mason Design (DMD) was voted Best Display Stand at Home Hardware’s Convention Trade Show on November 17. Forty-four exhibitors attended the event, held at The Woolacombe Bay Hotel at Woolacombe in Devon. The award was judged by an independent panel, and the cash prize of £100 was presented to …

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Currys PC World reveals best-selling Black Friday products

Currys PC World has revealed that the LG OLED TV was the best-selling TV in its Black Friday sale today (November 24), selling five times more than last year. Another big trend was voice controlled technology, with sales up 769% year-on-year. Other big increases included Android tablets, up 56% year-on-year, …

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Record number of visits to Argos website

Argos kicked off its Black Friday sale three hours early this year at 21:00 last night (Thursday, November 23) – with record results. More than 800,000 people visited Argos’s online channels between 21:00 and 22:00 last night, which equates to more than 13,000 customers every minute – smashing last year’s …

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‘Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast’ is back with celebrity guests

Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty are back with a brand new cookery show that starts tonight. The fifth series of ‘Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast’ kicks off at 8pm on Channel 4. The broadcaster said: ‘Over 12 weeks, in a pop up cafe at the end of Southend Pier, …

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