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August boost for homeware as high street sales hit two-year high

August was the UK high street’s best month for sales since September 2015, figures released last week by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO reveal. Overall like-for-like sales increased by 2% last month, making it the best August since 2013. BDO’s data shows that a marked rise in ‘staycations’ by …

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Waitrose shoppers opt for Autumnal fare

Sales excluding fuel rose by 0.6% per cent last week (to Saturday August 19) at Waitrose, as the cooler weather saw shoppers stocking up on typically autumnal items. The supermarket chain’s IT director Mike Sackman noted that “root vegetables were in demand, for example, as parsnip sales increased by 39%. …

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Home sales up 3% at John Lewis

John Lewis’ total sales for last week (to Saturday August 19) were up 5.7% and, as in the previous week, sales of all departments grew faster than in the same week last year. Alison Smith, the department store group’s head of shop trade for the south and west, said home …

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Weekly sales up 5.9% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for the week to Saturday August 12 were up 5.9%. The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said sales across all departments grew more than in the same week last year. Home sales were up 1%. Highlights include sales of Textiles and …

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Gin continues to be a top seller at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel were 0.4% higher for Waitrose in week to Saturday August 12, compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst said: “Our Waitrose 1 promotion [of 25% off the grocery multiple’s premium food range] continued to be a success …

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Sales and profits up at Portmeirion Group

Portmeirion Group has posted a 16% rise in sales to £33.1 million for the six months to June 30, against the year-ago period. Pre-tax profits lifted 18% to £1.6 million, while net debt reduced by £8 million to £1.7 million. The Stoke-on-Trent company, which encompasses the Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, …

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Waitrose launches ad campaign and opens new store

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose last week (to Saturday August 5) were 2.1% higher compared with the same week last year. Property and development director Nigel Keen said activity was focused on the supermarket chain’s premium food range, Waitrose 1, during the second half of the week. A national …

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Cook and dine sales up 3.2% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis for last week (to Saturday August 5) were up 5.5% to £77.7 million. The department store group’s director of commercial operations Sean Allam described the result as “a good start to the half, with both shops and online seeing an uplift in sales on last …

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From lawnmowers to linen: weekly sales snapshot from John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis for last week (to Saturday July 29) were up 2.5% to £78.6 million. Both online and branches saw an uplift, with online sales up 7.2%. The department store group’s director of retail operations development Simon Russell said the Home category had “a strong week”, with …

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Hot weather boosts Waitrose alfresco dining sales

Total sales excluding fuel for Waitrose were up 3.3% last week (to Saturday July 8) on the year-ago period. The supermarket chain’s finance director Lorraine Woodhouse said warmer weather led to strong sales of ice cream which rose by 39%, quiche by 30% and halloumi by 48%. Party food sales …

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