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Cookshop sales up 16% at John Lewis as hydration products prove a hit

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday April 7) were up 3.6% on last year, despite one less day of trading due to the timing of Easter. The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said: “Home was down 1.4%, although textiles and home accessories were …

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Waitrose to remove all disposable coffee cups in shops by autumn 2018

Waitrose has today (Tuesday April 10) committed to removing all takeaway disposable coffee cups from its shops by autumn 2018, saving more than 52 million cups a year. Customers who are members of the supermarket chain’s loyalty scheme, myWaitrose, will continue to have the option of free tea or coffee …

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IKEA launches its first range of speakers for the home

Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA announced details today (Monday April 9) of its first-ever range of Bluetooth speakers for the home. In-store from this month, the ENEBY speakers are available in two sizes (20cm x 20cm & 30cm x 30cm) and come in white, grey and black. They can be …

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Debenhams’ Stevenage store wins national award

Debenhams’ Stevenage branch has been crowned ‘Best New Store’ at the 23rd annual ‘Retail Week’ Awards 2018. The 80,000sq ft store in Hertfordshire, which opened in August 2017, was the first in the department store group’s estate to showcase its new ‘Redesigned Strategy’ which aims to make shopping ‘confidence boosting, …

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Black + Blum appoints managing director Nick Cornwell ‘to prepare for growth’

Design-led housewares company Black+ Blum has announced the appointment of Nick Cornwell as managing director. Based on London’s South Bank in the Oxo Tower complex, the award-winning business was founded by its lead designer Dan Black. Now its 20th year, the supplier enjoys success in the UK and internationally with …

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Anthropologie CEO to step down

Urban Outfitters has announced that David McCreight, ceo of its subsidiary Anthropologie Group, will leave the business on April 27. Following his departure, Anthropologie Group president – apparel and accessories Hillary Super will lead the brand in partnership with Anthropologie Group president – home, garden and international Andrew Carnie. Urban …

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Finalists revealed for DIY Week Awards 2018

Now in its eighth year, the DIY Week Awards 2018 will take place on May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London. A total of 27 products have been shortlisted across nine categories and 18 home improvement and garden retailers have been named as finalists across six categories. The supplier …

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Debenhams partners with homeware brand Swoon Editions

Debenhams is partnering with British brand Swoon Editions to bring its homeware to the UK high street for the first time. The department store group opened a dedicated space in its Westfield White City branch in London on March 29, offering a selection of Swoon’s dinnerware, lighting and furniture pieces. …

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Dixons Carphone UK boss steps down

Dixons Carphone announced today (Friday April 6) that Katie Bickerstaffe has stepped down as UK & Ireland ceo to join the new energy supply business created by the proposed merger of SSE plc and Innogy SE. She will take up her role as chief executive designate later this year. Group …

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‘Phenomenal response’ to BHETA export push

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has announced that discounted grants to exhibit at the National Hardware Show in the US have sold out. BHETA had a limited number of exhibitor grants available from the Department for International Trade to support supplier members towards the cost of exhibiting at …

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