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Biggest sales week in John Lewis history

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday November 24) were up 7.7% on the same week as last year, making it the biggest sales week in the department store group’s history. Alison Smith, head of shop trade for the south and west, said: “Sales were driven …

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John Lewis trials free delivery service in Eire

Residents of the Republic of Ireland can now shop John Lewis & Partners’ international range and receive free standard delivery, instead of the usual £7.50 delivery charge. There is no minimum spend to qualify for free delivery and products will arrive within two to three working days. To ensure customers …

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Waitrose launches first ever Christmas ad in collaboration with John Lewis

The latest Waitrose & Partners advert aired on Sunday (November 18) and – for the first time in its history – the supermarket retailer has worked with its sister company department store group John Lewis & Partners to produce this particular Christmas advert. In the tongue-in-cheek festive offering, which launched …

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Springboard: Black Friday ‘firmly established’ as an online event

This year’s Black Friday was a huge hit for online retailers, but did little to help bricks-and-mortar stores throughout the UK according to latest figures from Springboard. The provider of retail performance insights said that overall footfall dropped by 5.4% compared with Black Friday 2017, with declines of similar magnitudes …

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Currys PC World sees three online orders per second as Black Friday gets underway

Today, on the morning of Black Friday November 23), Currys PC World is reporting three orders every second as shoppers head online to grab deals on a host of technology. The electrical retailer kicked off its Black Friday sales event online last night and saw 61% of online orders being …

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Waitrose unveils plans for 42 more supper clubs

Waitrose & Partners is to roll out its supper club concept to a further 42 shops working with WeFiFo, the social dining platform. More than 1,300 guests are expected to be served over the course of the events, which will be held in 42 different branches of the supermarket chain …

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Black Friday is here

Amazon.co.uk’s Black Friday Sale is here today (November 23), featuring more deals than ever before. It will be live until 23:59 on Sunday November 25 with new ‘Deals of the Day’ available every 24 hours throughout the period. There will also be tens of thousands of ‘Lightning Deals’ – products …

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Mintel announces three food and drink trends for 2019

Market research company Mintel has revealed three trends which it forecasts will lead global food and drink innovation in 2019 and beyond. Jenny Zegler, associate director of Mintel Food & Drink, said sustainability, health and wellness, and convenience will inspire formulation, packaging, marketing and more in the years to come: …

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Mintel forecasts growth of 4% for UK retail sales in December

With the Christmas countdown in full swing, Mintel is forecasting some festive cheer for Britain’s retailers. Latest research from the market research company predicts that December’s retail sales will reach £47.7 billion (including VAT), growing 4% compared with last December, when sales hit £45.8 billion. Sales through non-food retailers are …

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Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast is back soon

‘Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast’ returns for a sixth series on Friday December 7 at 8pm on Channel 4. Over 12 weeks, best friends celebrity cook Jamie Oliver and Suffolk farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty will be back hosting their own show from a pop-up cafe at the …

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