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Facebook fans choose the next Roberts Radio colour

  Roberts Radio has taken a novel approach to choosing the colour of its next Revival DAB portable radio. The company said: ‘First introduced in the 1950s, Revival’s much-loved retro design remains the same but the technology constantly evolves, so fans have the design they love – and the best …

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Gifts, Cook and Dine sales up 41.5% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday March 31) were up 24.1% on the same period last year. The department store group’s head of shop trade for Scotland & North Barry Matheson said the performance was due to the combination of the earlier fall of Easter, colder weather …

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Easter baking range sales up 49% at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday March 31) were 19% higher than the same week last year, with comparisons distorted by the fall of the Easter weekend. The strongest performing categories were linked with entertaining family and friends at home over the Easter weekend, including snacking …

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Pineapple trumps avocado in UK’s fastest growing fruit sales stakes

Pineapples have become Britain’s fastest growing fruit with demand at an all-time high, according to Tesco. In the last year, sales of whole pineapples have soared by nearly 15% at the grocery multiple, while sales of pineapple juice have risen by more than 20%. Hawaiian pizzas are up by more …

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DIY SOS calls for Grenfell

BBC One’s flagship renovation programme DIY SOS is starting to build a multi-use community space and boxing club for the Grenfell community – and is calling for volunteers and donations of building supplies and interiors for the project. The new space will be available to the whole community to use …

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John Lewis goes poolside

New for 2018, Poolside is the latest high summer trend from John Lewis. The department store group said: ‘A follow on from last season’s Palm Springs edit, Poolside creates a laid-back aesthetic for indoor and outdoor spaces with practical and playful pieces across furniture, textiles and tableware. ‘Designed in-house with a …

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AIS welcomes non-members to Food & Gift Show

Associated Independent Stores (AIS) is preparing to open the doors of its Food & Gift Show to non-members for the first time in June. The event will take place at AIS’ own purpose-built exhibition centre, Cranmore Park in Solihull, on Tuesday June 5 and Wednesday June 6. Day one is …

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BHETA reschedules Exclusively Shows briefing for exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has rescheduled its briefing session for members planning to exhibit at June’s Exclusively Shows to next Wednesday (April 11). The half-day meeting was due to take place on March 1 but was postponed due to the snowy weather. The venue remains the same: …

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Amazon to sponsor The Great British Bake Off 2018

Channel 4 has announced that Amazon will be the new broadcast sponsor of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ for 2018. The sponsorship package includes the ninth series of the baking competition, which returns to TV screens later this year; spin-off series ‘Bake Off: An Extra Slice’; the festive episodes; and …

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Dexam takes on Charles Viancin distribution in UK

Housewares supplier Dexam has announced that it will be taking on the distributorship of Charles Viancin products for the UK and selected other markets from June 1. Dexam said: ‘This will bring the prestigious range of food and drink covers from Charles Viancin into a comprehensive stable of kitchenware brands, …

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