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CMA blocks merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed merger of the Sainsbury and Asda supermarket chains. The CMA’s final report, published today (Thursday April 25)  said that ‘UK shoppers and motorists would be worse off if Sainsbury’s and Asda – two of the country’s largest supermarkets – were …

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Administrators agree sale of Bennetts department store in Derby

The joint administrators of Derbyshire retailer Bennetts (Irongate) Limited, which trades as Bennetts Department Store at 8 Iron Gate in Derby, have confirmed that a sale of the Bennetts name and all assets in the Derby store has been agreed, subject to contract. Details of the buyer will be disclosed …

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Co-op removes single kitchen knives from sale

Co-op is the latest high street multiple to take action to stop selling single kitchen knives. The supermarket chain took the decision to remove knives last month, so no Co-op stores now sell single knives. The retailer does not sell knife packs but does sell cutlery in selected stores, along …

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BHETA appoints Seema Grantham as new housewares sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Seema Grantham as its new housewares sector manager: the first appointment since the announcement of the Association’s recent restructure. Seema succeeds Will Jones, who has taken up the newly created position of chief operating officer, reporting to BHETA executive chairman Andrew …

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BHETA and knife suppliers back ‘responsible retailing’ campaign

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s consultative meeting with UK kitchen knife suppliers on March 25 reached a consensus to back a proactive industry-wide ‘responsible retailing’ campaign. Leading kitchen knife suppliers including Taylor’s Eye Witness, Amefa, Fiskars, George East (housewares), Kuhn Rikon and Robert Welch Designs met BHETA housewares …

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Negotiations press ahead for ProCook and Steamer Trading

Housewares retailer ProCook has revealed that it is ‘paving the way to a bright future’ following its recent acquisition of rival chain Steamer Trading, ‘with around 21 leases near completion and a new look for stores benefitting from hundreds of new product lines’. Steamer Trading was saved from administration in …

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Tradestock announces distribution agreement with La Rochère

Somerset-based housewares supplier Tradestock has taken on the UK distribution for French glassware company La Rochère. Tradestock said: ‘La Rochère has been producing artisanal glass in the heart of France for more than 500 years, making it the oldest continuously running glass factory in Europe. The company is recognised around …

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John Torode and Lisa Faulkner to host ITV cookery series

ITV has announced details of a new daytime cookery series starring celebrity couple John Torode and Lisa Faulkner. ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ comprises nine one-hour episodes and is ‘coming soon’ –  but exact treansmission dates have not yet been announced. The broadcaster said: ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ will …

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