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Aldi launches Style Your Room collection

Supermarket chain Aldi is launching a ‘high-quality homeware on a budget’ range. The Style Your Room collection of home accessories comprises: bean cubes in a variety of Aztec and zig zag patterns (£29.99), a hand-made woven jute mat (£14.99), geometric storage baskets (£12.99, sold in pairs), a herringbone throw (£12.99), woven …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 reveals product finalists

The roll-call of products that have reached the finals of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 has been announced. Organised by trade magazine ‘Progressive Housewares’ in conjunction with the Cookshop & Housewares (CHA) division of trade body bira (British Independent Retailers Association), the awards recognise and reward the achievements of …

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Sales of hydration and summer party products soar at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis last week (to Saturday July 21) were up 0.7%. The department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis said: “Home sales were down 6.3%. However, hydration products were up 30% and summer party products were up 13%.” He added that EHT (Electrical & Home Technology) sales …

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Alfresco dining on the menu for Waitrose shoppers

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were up 3% last week (to Saturday July 21) on last year, as the sunshine and warmer temperatures continued to influence what customers bought. The supermarket chain’s IT director Mike Sackman said barbecue meat sales were up by 40%, with speciality poultry sales seeing …

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What More UK invites Scouts for tour

Lancashire-based housewares supplier What More UK opened its doors for the first time to local Scouts for an exclusive tour and Q&A with staff. Some 18 Scouts from the 1st Oswaldtwistle St. Pauls Scout Group took part in a tour of the plastic housewares manufacturer’s factory in Altham, to find …

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M&S partners with Founders Factory

Marks & Spencer (M&S) today (Monday July 23) launched a joint venture partnership with Founders Factory focused on ‘discovering and developing’ start-ups. M&S will become Founders Factory’s exclusive UK retail partner, and invest in several start-ups sourced through Founders Factory’s global network. Co-founded by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and Henry …

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Charlie Dimmock revisits Squire’s Garden Centres

Hundreds of children from schools across the south-east have been visiting Squire’s Garden Centres to find out the results of the retailer’s ‘Grow Your Own Chips’ competition. The pupils originally visited Squire’s back in March, when the contest was launched by celebrity gardener Charlie Dimmock, She showed local schoolchildren at …

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IKEA UK and Ireland set to remove all single-use plastic straws

IKEA UK and Ireland has pledged to remove all single-use plastic straws from its product range and restaurants by October 1. The commitment applies to all UK and Ireland stores, including the recently opened IKEA Exeter store, all future IKEA outlets and IKEA online. The move is part of the …

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It’s Pimm’s o’clock in the Tesco freezer aisle

The English fruit cup brand Pimm’s is to be launched on British high streets as an ice lolly. Pimm’s POPS, which contain just 32 calories, will be exclusively available at nearly 700 Tesco stores across the UK. Tesco ice cream buyer Sonia Morland said: “These refreshing ice lollies are a …

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Sainsbury’s shakes up cocktail hour

Sainsbury’s claims to be the first supermarket to launch a variety of cocktail ingredients in 35cl and 20cl bottles, retailing between £5 and £8.50. The grocer said: ‘This range is designed to be affordable for everyone, so shoppers can swap the cocktail bar for their kitchen – and the bottle …

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