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Black + Blum appoints UK sales agents

Design-led housewares company Black + Blum has appointed three sales agents in a bid to expand business in specialist independent retailers, garden centres, gift shops and other relevant independent channels. Fiona Smith will take on the role of agent for Scotland, Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham from July 1. Geraldine Finnan …

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More new exhibitors sign up for Exclusively Shows

The organiser of Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical has revealed details of more new exhibitors for the upcoming event. To date a total of 31 companies have confirmed their debut at the co-located London trade shows. They are: AEG, Sasa Demarle, Doulton Water Filters, Chilly’s Bottles, Scott (UK), New Soda, …

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Royal Wedding fever set to boost retail spend by £195.5 million, says Springboard

Latest data from the retail specialist Springboard reveals that the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday (May 19) is set to boost retail sales across the UK by an estimated £195.5 million (+0.2% uplift) by the end of August with footfall set to increase by an …

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New BBC series Million Pound Menu makes debut

BBC Two is on the hunt for Britain’s next big restaurant brand in a new series which kicked off at 9pm yesterday(Thursday May 17) entitled ‘Million Pound Menu’. Across six episodes, 12 budding restaurateurs who think they’ve got what it takes to go from pop-up to profit will seek to …

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Fruit, ice cream and BBQ meat sales boom at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday May 12) were up 3.8% on last year, as warmer weather influenced customers’ purchases. The supermarket chain’s personnel director Jo Walmsley said: “The week saw our biggest sales of ice cream this year, up 55% compared with the same week …

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John Lewis shoppers prepare for World Cup and Royal Wedding

Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday May 12) were up 3.3% on last year, mainly due to shoppers buying products for the warm weather. The department store group’s operations director Dino Rocos said Home sales were down 5.4%. However, he added: “We saw very strong sales …

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Nadiya Hussain to front brand new BBC Two series

Nadiya Hussain returns to BBC Two with a brand new eight-part series entitled ‘Nadiya’s Family Favourites’. In her new show, the baker, columnist, author and TV presenter – who rose to fame after winning the sixth series of BBC’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’ in 2015 – will reveal the …

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BBC Two recommissions ‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’ with new line-up

BBC Two has announced a recommission of the competitive food series ‘The Big Family Cooking Showdown’, with a refreshed format and new presenting and judging team. The first series closed with an audience of two million viewers last November after a 12-week run. It was presented by Zoe Ball and …

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BRC & KPMG: high street trading remains challenging – but online retail bucks the trend

UK retail sales in April dropped by 4.2% on a like-for-like basis from April 2017, when they had increased 5.6% from the preceding year, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG Covering the four weeks from April 1 to April 28, the BRC-KPMG’s monthly retail sales …

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Burleigh celebrates 50th anniversary of Calico pattern

British pottery brand Burleigh is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of its most popular patterns, Calico, with special edition mugs and four new colourways. Inspired by Pop Art styling that reflects the mood of 1968, this design will feature on seven special edition mugs. The lighter, tapered Osbourne anniversary mug will …

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