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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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KitchenCraft announces Maxwell & Williams distribution agreement

Housewares supplier KitchenCraft has acquired the exclusive distribution rights for the brands Maxwell & Williams and Casa Domani (owned by HAG Corp Australia) for the UK and Ireland. The brands were previously distributed by London-based Valerie Graham Ltd. Maxwell & Williams is an Australian tabletop brand that specialises in producing …

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Millennials inspire smaller wine bottles

Tesco has launched a range of smaller sized wine bottles to help shoppers control portions and reduce waste. Included in the 37-strong range is the supermarket’s first ever 50cl wine bottle size, which contains the equivalent of four glasses. There are also 37.5cl bottles, which contain the equivalent of three …

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Inflatables, fans and royal wedding fever hits John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday May 5) were up 1% on last year. Maggie Porteous, director of shop trade for the department store group, said: “Sales rose due to customers buying products for the warm weather and enjoying offers as we price-matched a competitor’s promotion.” She …

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Alfresco dining on the menu for Waitrose shoppers

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were up 5.9% last week (to Saturday May 5) year-on-year, driven by the sunshine and warmer temperatures enjoyed by much of the UK towards the end of the seven-day period. Barbecue meat sales were up by 40%, with meat counter sales seeing a 14% …

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Tefal teams up with Channel 4’s Radford family

Tefal has partnered with the Radford family – best known as the stars of Channel 4 documentary ‘20 Kids and Counting’, which aired in January. Parents Sue and Noel Radford first let TV cameras in to chart life in their household – which is billed as one of the biggest …

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Deadline extended to take part in June issue of Housewares Magazine

We are now working on the JUNE 2018 issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical Preview • Cookware • Kitchen Knives and Accessories • Tabletop • Storageware • Housewares As Gifts • Preserving • Celebrity Endorsed and Licensed Products The issue will be …

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EPE Group appoints new general sales manager

Small domestic appliances and cookware distributor EPE has appointed Mark Fox as its new general sales manager, overseeing external and internal sales teams. With more than 15 years of experience in senior account management, Mark has worked for a number of high profile companies including Sainsbury’s, Silver Spring Soft Drinks …

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Take part in the June issue of Housewares Magazine

We are now working on the JUNE 2018 issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: • Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical Preview • Cookware • Kitchen Knives and Accessories • Tabletop • Storageware • Housewares As Gifts • Preserving • Celebrity Endorsed and Licensed Products SUPPLIERS: WOULD YOU …

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