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M&S names new clothing & home managing director

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that Richard Price, the current ceo of F&F Clothing at Tesco, has been appointed to the role of M&S managing director of clothing & home. Richard will join M&S next year and a start date will be ‘confirmed in due course’. Richard first joined …

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Shoppers increasingly turning to social media for inspiration, new research reveals

UK consumers are 79% more likely today to discover new products on social media than they were just two years ago, according to new research. A study of UK shopping habits shows this shift is largely driven by Instagram, which has seen a 64% increase in shoppers finding inspiration on …

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Stars confirmed for ‘Come Dine With Me’ celebrity Christmas special

A celebrity version of cookery series ‘Come Dine With Me’ will return to our screens this festive season. ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ is a new commission for E4, which has ordered 25 30-minute episodes from producers MultiStory Media, part of ITV Studios. The series kicks off with a Christmas …

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Chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt revealed as ‘Food Gods’

Chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt are to take on the roles of ‘Food Gods’ in Channel 4’s new food contest ‘Crazy Delicious’. The six-episode series, presented by comedian and foodie Jayde Adams, is described by the broadcaster as ‘an innovative and imaginative food competition set on the …

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Brutons Home Hardware wins Christmas window dressing contest

Brutons Home Hardware at Nailsworth in Stroud is the winner of Home Hardware’s annual Christmas window dressing competition. Snape & Sons Home Hardware at Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester received the runner-up prize. Home Hardware said: ‘All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the contest and the overall …

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JWP’s LocknLock ECO range wins German Design Award

JWP’s LocknLock ECO range has won the Excellent Product Design – Kitchen category of the annual German Design Awards 2020. Organised by German Design Council, the Awards are one of the world’s most renowned design competitions. Recognition is given to projects that are groundbreaking in the German and international design …

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John Lewis charts Christmas decorating trends

This week is when most UK households are expected to shop for Christmas trees and decorations, according to John Lewis & Partners. Research from the department store group published yesterday (Monday, December 2) reveals that in December 2009 – when George Michael had a hit with ‘December Song (I Dreamed …

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A Rose-mary Christmas from Waitrose

Sales at Waitrose & Partners were down 3.9% last week (to Saturday November 30) compared with the same week last year. Rupert Thomas, commercial director of the supermarket chain, said: “Sales were impacted by Black Friday, which fell in the previous trading week last year and focused consumer attention towards …

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John Lewis reveals best-selling home products

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday November 30) were up 60.4% on the same week as last year, with Black Friday taking place a week later this year. Compared with the Black Friday period in 2018, sales were up 2.1% – which represents a new …

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Cyber Monday 2019 is single biggest shopping day in Amazon’s history

Amazon announced today (Tuesday December 3) that Cyber Monday was the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history, based on the number of items ordered worldwide. Independent third-party sellers in Amazon’s Stores (mostly small and medium-sized businesses) sold more items during Cyber Monday 2019 than any other 24-hour period …

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