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Royal Crown Derby celebrates Queen’s platinum wedding anniversary

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh celebrate the 70th anniversary of their marriage this year. To mark the occasion, Royal Crown Derby has launched The Queen’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary Commemorative Collection. The range comprises four bone china pieces featuring an adaptation of the Princess pattern originally designed in 1947 by Royal …

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Prime members enjoy biggest global shopping event in Amazon history

Sales clocked up by Amazon yesterday (July 11) during its third annual Prime Day event surpassed Black Friday and Cyber Monday globally, making it the biggest day ever in Amazon history. Prime Day, which ran for 30 hours from 6pm on Monday (July 10), featured deals exclusively for Amazon’s Prime …

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Amazon retains top spot for satisfied customers

Amazon has secured the top spot in the UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI), published yesterday (Wednesday July 12) by The Institute of Customer Service. The ecommerce giant leads the top 10 for the fourth consecutive time and is followed by high performers from the retail, tourism and banking sectors. UKCSI …

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Which domestic appliances are most likely to catch fire?

In the wake of last month’s Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, charity Electrical Safety First (ESF) has called for regular electrical checks in tower blocks – and launched a microsite to advise consumers on white goods safety. According to Home Office statistics, last year 1,873 fires in England were caused …

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Widdop and Co. signs up to Enid Blyton themed housewares

Widdop and Co. has signed an agreement with Bulldog Licensing for the Enid Blyton brand. Children’s author Enid Blyton’s best-known work is ‘The Famous Five’ series, but her titles also include ‘Malory Towers’ and ‘The Secret Seven’. Her books have sold hundreds of millions of copies, and regularly feature in …

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BRC: cards overtake cash as number one payment method

Debit cards have overtaken cash as the dominant payment method in the UK, according to a study released today (Tuesday July 12) by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Commenting on the findings revealed in the annual payments survey, BRC policy adviser – payments & consumer credit Andrew Cregan said: “For …

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Hot weather boosts Waitrose alfresco dining sales

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were up 3.3% last week (to Saturday July 8) on the year-ago period. The supermarket chain’s finance director Lorraine Woodhouse said warmer weather led to strong sales of ice cream which rose by 39%, quiche by 30% and halloumi by 48%. Party food sales …

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Gorenje surprises VW fans at Camper Jam festival

Gorenje showcased its VW camper van-inspired special edition retro refrigerator at the Camper Jam festival last weekend. Held from July 7-9 at Weston Park in Shropshire, the event is one of the most anticipated and highly regarded VW Camper shows on the calendar. Organised by the publishers of Volkswagen Camper …

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‘Cocktail gifting’ is big news at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for last week (to Saturday July 8) were up 2% to £86.7 million compared with last year, supported by strong Clearance sales. Home sales were up 0.2%. The department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis commented: “Outdoor living performed particularly well, with sales up 55% …

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Arrival of summer prompts pick-up in UK retail sales growth

UK retail sales rose by 1.2 % in June on a like-for-like basis from June 2016, according to statistics from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and accounting firm KPMG. The BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor for June (which covers the five weeks from May 28 to July 1), notes that over …

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