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John Lewis customers get prepped for summer hols

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday July 14) were down 6.2%. The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams said the continued hot weather and sporting events impacted performance. Home sales were down 11%. However, Jon noted that summer merchandise had “a strong week, seeing sales …

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Waitrose shoppers opt for home entertaining and alfresco dining

Total sales for Waitrose. excluding fuel, were 3.3% higher last week (to Saturday July 14) than last year. The grocer’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst​ said: “The warm weather and sporting events led to strong sales of foods suited to entertaining and spending time outdoors. This included our ranges …

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HOUSE set to open fourth store in the UK

HOUSE will open its fourth UK store on Saturday August 4 at intu Chapelfield shopping centre in the Norfolk town of Norwich. The branch is the fourth opened by the Australian retailer in the UK this year. The first opened at the Westgate shopping centre in Oxford on April 16, …

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Wilko appoints new retail director

Wilko has announced that Craig McGregor will be joining its senior team as retail director on August 6. With over 15 years’ senior leadership experience across the UK, US and Europe, Craig has previously held retail director roles at Topshop/Topman, Matalan and, most recently, Specsavers. He will report into Wilko chief …

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Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 reveals names of retail finalists

The roll-call of retailers who have reached the finals of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 has been announced. Organised by trade magazine ‘Progressive Housewares’ in conjunction with the Cookshop & Housewares (CHA) division of trade body bira (British Independent Retailers Association), the awards recognise and reward the achievements of …

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Sainsbury’s appoints new non-executive chairman

Sainsbury’s has appointed Martin Scicluna as its new non-executive chairman. He will join the board as chairman-designate and non-executive director on November 1. Martin is chairman of RSA Insurance and also currently chairman of Great Portland Estates. Previous roles include senior independent director and chair of the audit committee of …

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Tesco UK & ROI ceo steps down due to illness

Tesco has announced several changes to its board and executive committee effective from today (Monday July 16). Charlie Wilson will step down as CEO Tesco UK & ROI and from the board, but remain on the executive committee. In a statement, the supermarket chain said: ‘Following an operation to remove …

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Andy Martin to join John Lewis Partnership board

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has announced the appointment of Andy Martin as a non-executive director of the JLP board and chair of the audit and risk committee. Andy succeeds Baroness Sarah Hogg who joined the board in 2011 and whose term of office ended on June 30. He has worked …

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Amazon unboxes Prime Day 2018 Deals

Amazon Prime Day (and a half) kicked off at midday today (Monday, July 16) and will run until midnight on July 17. The online giant is offering 36 hours of deal shopping across TVs, smart home, kitchen, grocery, toys, furniture, fashion and appliances. The retailer said: ‘This year in the …

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Theo Paphitis’ #SBS reveals Autumn Fair shortlist

Small Business Sunday (#SBS), the online business community founded by high profile businessman Theo Paphitis, has announced its shortlist of 36 businesses in the running to secure space in Autumn Fair’s new #SBS Pavilion. Out of the 36 shortlisted companies, 12 will be selected to fill free exhibition spots at …

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