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Sagaform collaborates with Studio Levien

Sagaform has teamed up with London-based Studio Levien, in the Swedish brand’s first collaboration with a British product design house. The housewares company’s brief to Studio Levien was to design products ‘that bring theatre to the table, distinctive yet familiar and with a smile’. Sagaform’s Flip Top Carafe (pictured) is …

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Waitrose gives Christmas panettone an Easter makeover

Waitrose launched a panettone Easter egg in-store and online yesterday (Monday March 12). The supermarket chain has given the Italian sweet bread loaf a makeover for Easter. Designed to look like an Easter egg, the chocolate-chip-laden loaf is egg-shaped and sprinkled with pastel sugar confetti. It is made using a …

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Mother’s Day treats and comfort food sales soar at Waitrose

Divisional sales at Waitrose excluding fuel were up 14.3% last week (to Saturday March 10) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said it benefited from the timing of Mother’s Day on Sunday March 11, which fell during a different trading week last …

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Gifting, cook and dine sales jump 35% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday March 10) were up 11.6%, mainly due to gifting as a result of Mother’s Day on Sunday March 11 falling two weeks earlier compared with last year. Home sales climbed 3.9%, with gifting, cook and dine sales up 35.2%, as customers …

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What More UK partners with National Home Improvement Week

National Home Improvement Week kicks off today (Monday March 12) and runs to Sunday (March 18). The aim of this marketing initiative, which is co-ordinated by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association), is to ‘inspire, educate, and galvanise the UK to make their homes better’. Using the tagline ‘Love the …

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13 companies win IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design

Thirteen housewares suppliers have been named as Global Honorees of in the International Housewares Association’s (IHA) Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design. The winners were announced at a dinner during the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show, which ends tomorrow (Tuesday March 13) at McCormick Place at Chicago. The …

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Harrods wins two global awards for housewares retail excellence

The International Home + Housewares Show of Chicago and the International Housewares Association (IHA) of the US, the global sponsors and organisers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia), have announced the 2018 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence. The Global Honorees are: Harrods (UK), The Chopping Block (US), Tugo (Colombia), …

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Book launch by Dexam director Roger Morgan-Grenville

A book written by Roger Morgan-Grenville, director of housewares supplier Dexam, will hit shelves next week. ‘Not Out Of The Woods’ makes its debut at an official launch party at independent bookshop One Tree Books, on Lavant Street at Petersfield in Hampshire, on Wednesday (March 14) between 6pm and 7.30pm. …

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Brits to spend £893 million on Easter treats

This Easter, Brits are expected to spend £893 million on chocolate, gifts, Easter eggs and other festive gifts and goodies, according to research by price comparison site, www.finder.com. A survey of 2000 UK adults, commissioned by finder.com/uk and carried out by market research company OnePoll during February, revealed that a …

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Bunnings Warehouse opens London store in Penge

Bunnings Warehouse officially opened the doors of its latest branch, at Penge in south-east London, yesterday (Thursday March 8). The 40,000sq ft store offers home improvement and garden products from a wide range of brands, along with services such as paint mixing, key cutting, a garden centre, timber cutting and …

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