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Sales and profits up at Portmeirion Group

Portmeirion Group has posted a 16% rise in sales to £33.1 million for the six months to June 30, against the year-ago period. Pre-tax profits lifted 18% to £1.6 million, while net debt reduced by £8 million to £1.7 million. The Stoke-on-Trent company, which encompasses the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, …

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Waitrose launches ad campaign and opens new store

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday August 5) were 2.1% higher compared with the same week last year. Property and development director Nigel Keen said activity was focused on the supermarket chain’s premium food range, Waitrose 1, during the second half of the week. A national …

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Cook and dine sales up 3.2% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for last week (to Saturday August 5) were up 5.5% to £77.7 million. The department store group’s director of commercial operations Sean Allam described the result as “a good start to the half, with both shops and online seeing an uplift in sales on last …

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Third of Brits prefer global grub to national nosh

On average, Brits eat food from six different countries every day, according to Asda. From Greek yogurt for breakfast, to sushi at lunch and paella for dinner, many of our mealtime staples now originate from foreign shores. Sales of international foods have increased 40% in the last 12 weeks alone …

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Homeware sales move to top of performance rankings in July

Retail sales growth slowed in July from June, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. The BRC-KPMG monthly retail sales monitor the four weeks from July 2 to July 29, reveals that sales edged up by 0.9% on a like-for-like basis from June 2016, compared with 1.1% from …

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Consumer spend falls for third consecutive month, says Visa

Consumer spend fell for the third month in a row in July, according to the latest figures from technology and payments business Visa. The drop represents the first time overall spending has declined for three consecutive months since February 2013. Visa UK & Ireland managing director Kevin Jenkins commented: “The …

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A maze of maize all set for Waitrose summer festival

A three and a half acre maze of maize has been created for a summer festival being held on Waitrose’s farm in Hampshire later this month. The Waitrose Summer Festival will take place from August 18 to August 20 at Leckford Estate, which is the supermarket’s farm. While enjoying food, …

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Tesco replaces single use carrier bags with 10p ‘Bags for Life’

Tesco has announced that from August 28 it will stop selling 5p single use carrier bags and will instead only offer 10p Bags for Life. The move follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich that led to a 25% cut in single-use carrier bag sales. Made from …

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My Gifts Trade signs up for I Like Birds licence

My Gifts Trade is the latest company to sign up for the licensing programme for Scottish design brand I Like Birds. The UK manufacturer and distributor of giftware and licensed products is developing a range of I Like Birds mugs and other gift lines, along with household textiles, which will …

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BBC One’s Celebrity MasterChef airs in two weeks

The first episode of the 2017 series of BBC One’s ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ airs on Wednesday August 16 at 8pm. A total of 20 stars from the worlds of sport and show business are taking part in series 12 of the show. The line-up of contestants is: opera star Lesley Garrett, …

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