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Corkcicle and Soma brands join Auteur portfolio

Housewares distributor Auteur has added two more brands to its portfolio: Corkcicle and Soma. According to Auteur, ‘both brands share similar values and offer a solution to consumers’ demands for reducing single-serve plastics. ‘Fuelled by innovative design and social responsibility, Corkcicle is designed to complement personal style and reduce the …

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Tesco launches Christmas ad campaign

Tesco launched its 2018 Christmas campaign with the first in a suite of TV adverts airing on ITV One on Tuesday evening (November 6). The supermarket chain said the ‘However you do Christmas, everyone’s welcome at Tesco’ campaign celebrates ‘the debates, rituals and routines that make Christmas what it is …

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Top Drawer reveals campaign for Spring/Summer 2019 show

Clarion Events has announced details of the marketing campaign for the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of its London trade show Top Drawer. The exhibition organiser said the push will focus on ‘what sets Top Drawer apart: its expert curation, dedication to new talent and innovation, plus the exceptional quality, originality, breadth …

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Cookshop sales up 9% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were up 1.4% last week (to Saturday November 3) on the same week last year. The department store group‘s head of shop trade for London and the East Liz Mihell said: “Overall, Home sales were up 0.8%. Furniture and Flooring sales were up …

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Sourdough and stone fruit sales soar at Waitrose

Sales excluding fuel were up 1% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday November 3), compared with the same period a year ago. The supermarket chain’s IT director Mike Sackman said: “Sales of sourdough rose by 49%, with sourdough crumpets also proving popular, up 15%. Stone fruit had a …

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Retail sales edge up by 0.1% in October

UK retail sales increased by 0.1% in October on a like-for-like basis from October 2017, according to the latest statistics from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. The monthly BRC-KPMG sales monitor reveals that on a total basis, sales increased 1.3% in October, against an increase of 0.2% in …

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Argos unwraps festive advert

Argos’ 2018 Christmas advert made its debut last Thursday (November 1) during primetime ad breaks during ‘Coronation Street’ on ITV and ‘Gogglebox’ on Channel 4. The ad features the ‘Christmas fool’ – an impish creature that causes chaos about the house as anxious families try to put the finishing touches …

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M&S launches eco shopping bag

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new eco-shopping bag that aims to help prevent waste and reduce poverty among people living in Haiti and the Philippines. Launching in stores on Tuesday (November 6), the reusable bag is made from 75% ‘Social Plastic’, which is plastic waste that has been …

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Experts to discuss retailing trends at Chicago show

  Digital marketing and omnichannel retailing trends will be the subject of several presentations at the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, held from March 2 to March 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place complex. A total of 20-plus sessions will be offered in the show’s Innovation Theater over the four …

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Amazon.co.uk prepares for biggest ever Black Friday Sale

Amazon.co.uk has announced that its Black Friday Sale will run for 10 days, from 00:00 on Friday November 16 until 23:59 on Sunday November 25, with ‘more offers than ever before’ on consumer electronics, home items, toys, games, fashion, jeweller and beauty products. Amazon will offer ‘Deals of the Day’ …

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