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Is your Christmas tree up yet?

A poll of 1,000 UK adults carried out by etailer Christmas Tree World has revealed that despite the tradition of putting up the Christmas tree 12 days before Christmas Day on December 13, 8% of respondents have put their Christmas decorations up already. But more than one in 10 said they won’t put up any …

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Debenhams makes debut Down Under

Debenhams extended its global footprint last week with the opening of its first store in Australia. The outlet, which opened in Melbourne last Tuesday (October 24) is the department store group’s first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group. Measuring 3,600sq m across two floors, the shop …

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BHETA launches National Home Improvement Week

A major new home and garden marketing initiative is being launched for Spring 2018. Co-ordinated by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), National Home Improvement Week will be held from March 12 to March 18, which includes the Easter break. The consumer awareness week is backed by the brands …

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Trump merchandise flying off shelves at Poundland for Halloween

Since calling on bargain hunters to help shift its limited edition Donald Trump range of products, in light of the US president’s cancelled state visit to the UK, Poundland has confirmed that over 40,000 products have been sold nationwide. Chris Wall, trading controller of the 900-strong discount chain, said: “The …

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Heal’s and Made.com now open at the Mailbox in Birmingham

Two leading home interiors retailers officially opened at the Mailbox today (Thursday October 26), headlining a new homewares offering at the upmarket Birmingham shopping centre. The new 20,000sq ft section on Level 1 at the Mailbox is billed as ‘the ultimate destination for homewares’ in the West Midlands city. Both …

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Bunnings Warehouse opens ninth store

Bunnings Warehouse officially opened the doors to its ninth store today (Wednesday October 25). The new branch is in Weston-super-Mare, on the site of the former Homebase at Queensway Centre on Bristol Road in Worle. Measuring 76,000sq ft, it offers more than 30,000 home improvement and garden products. Services include …

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Housewares trio features in Boswells’ ‘fantastic brands’ list

Oxford department store Boswells has compiled a list of the 10 oldest labels on its shelves – all of which are well over 150 years old. Boswells, which has been trading since 1738, is the Oxfordshire city’s largest independent department store. It specialises in housewares, gifts, linens, luggage, cosmetics, pharmacy …

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Sainsbury’s extends one-hour delivery service

Following a successful trial in September, Sainsbury’s is rolling out its one-hour delivery service, called Chop Chop. The trial covered stores in the central London area of Pimlico and the south London area of Wandsworth. The service has now been extended to customers in five more London boroughs across Zone …

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New Nigella series starts on Monday

TV cook Nigella Lawson is back on TV next week with a brand new show. The six-part series ‘Nigella: At My Table’ kicks off on Monday (October 30) on BBC Two at 8.30pm. The broadcaster said: “In her latest series, Nigella shares the food she cooks for family and friends. …

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Bira expands to membership to health stores

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has extended its membership to the National Association of Health Stores (NAHS). Founded in 1931, NAHS is run by its members and supported by patrons and associates. It provides specialist support and representation for independent health stores. Bira said: ‘With over 30 services available …

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