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Cookshop sales up 4% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for last week (to Saturday October 28) were £98.7 million, down 4% on the same week last year. The department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis said Home sales were down 2%, primarily due to fewer promotions. But lighting sales and Cookshop were positively impacted, …

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Waitrose launches its biggest ever vegetarian range

In response to rising demand for vegetarian food, Waitrose has unveiled its biggest ever range of meat-free foods. With the introduction of 30 new dishes, the supermarket chain is increasing its shop space devoted to vegetarian foods by an average of 35%. Launched last week, the range includes an exclusive …

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Asda names new president and ceo

Asda announced today (Monday, October 30) that Roger Burnley will take on the role of president and chief executive officer of the supermarket chain from January 1. Roger returned to Asda as chief operating officer and deputy chief executive officer in October 2016, joining the board following Sean Clarke’s appointment …

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Record number of entries for Housewares Innovation Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a record number of entries for The Housewares Innovation Awards 2018 and would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who took part. Supplier entries have now closed but we can still accept entries and nominations for the retailer …

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Debenhams sweats its space

Debenhams is launching a trial of in-store fitness centres with gym specialist Sweat! as part of a strategy to make its department stores ‘a destination for social shopping’. The retailer said the partnership, set to launch in three stores from early 2018, will give customers more reasons to visit Debenhams …

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Is your Christmas tree up yet?

A poll of 1,000 UK adults carried out by etailer Christmas Tree World has revealed that despite the tradition of putting up the Christmas tree 12 days before Christmas Day on December 13, 8% of respondents have put their Christmas decorations up already. But more than one in 10 said they won’t put up any …

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Debenhams makes debut Down Under

Debenhams extended its global footprint last week with the opening of its first store in Australia. The outlet, which opened in Melbourne last Tuesday (October 24) is the department store group’s first site with franchise partner, Pepkor, part of the Steinhoff Group. Measuring 3,600sq m across two floors, the shop …

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BHETA launches National Home Improvement Week

A major new home and garden marketing initiative is being launched for Spring 2018. Co-ordinated by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), National Home Improvement Week will be held from March 12 to March 18, which includes the Easter break. The consumer awareness week is backed by the brands …

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Trump merchandise flying off shelves at Poundland for Halloween

Since calling on bargain hunters to help shift its limited edition Donald Trump range of products, in light of the US president’s cancelled state visit to the UK, Poundland has confirmed that over 40,000 products have been sold nationwide. Chris Wall, trading controller of the 900-strong discount chain, said: “The …

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Heal’s and Made.com now open at the Mailbox in Birmingham

Two leading home interiors retailers officially opened at the Mailbox today (Thursday October 26), headlining a new homewares offering at the upmarket Birmingham shopping centre. The new 20,000sq ft section on Level 1 at the Mailbox is billed as ‘the ultimate destination for homewares’ in the West Midlands city. Both …

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