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Alexa, how was Prime Day?

Amazon has announced that Prime Day 2019 was the largest shopping event in the online giant’s history across the globe. Over July 15 and July 16, sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Prime members purchased more than 175 million items throughout the event. Prime Day was …

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BHETA consults on Challenge 25

Following a workshop on responsible knife retailing hosted by British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) on May 15, the trade body has met the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG) with a view to securing approval to adopt its Challenge 25 scheme. The workshop was an initiative agreed with members …

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Weekly sales up 1.3% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 1.3% last week (to Saturday July 13) as customers continued to shop summer Clearance offers. The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said: “It was a particularly good week in our shops, despite being up against a busy …

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Waitrose shoppers enjoy a ‘Scrumptious Summer’

Total sales excluding fuel were up 0.5% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday July 13) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said: “Our range of Scrumptious Summer products are proving popular with customers, with classic British flavours and products such …

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UK first no and low alcohol pub set to open in London

Sainsbury’s to preparing to launch ‘The Clean Vic’: a traditional pub which will only serve non-alcoholic and low (up to 0.5%) ABV (Alcohol By Volume) alternatives to wines, beers and spirits. Billed as the UK’s first ever no and low alcohol pub, the pop-up will open its doors in London …

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ESA Sales announces partnership with FKA Brands

ESA Sales has been appointed as sales and marketing agency for FKA Brands into the UK garden centre channel. Chris Hoyle, managing director of ESA Sales, commented: “The FKA portfolio is a complementary addition to our current brand line-up, which means that we can maximise the strength of our offering …

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New era for Delfinware

Housewares supplier Delfinware has changed hands and is now owned by its managing director Michael J Simmonds. The housewares supplier, based at Hythe in Kent, has been supplying high quality British-made plastic coated, chrome and stainless steel wireware since 1969. It employs 20 staff, many of whom have been with …

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BBC commissions new Tom Kerridge show

Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge will be back on BBC Two in early 2020 with a new series. Targeted at viewers looking for a New Year’s resolution after over-indulging at Christmas, ‘Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge’ will be packed with healthy recipes and fitness advice, In two previous …

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Channel 4 commissions ‘Cooking up a Fortune’

Channel 4 has commissioned a brand new 20-part series where the nation’s most passionate cooks get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to launch their own food brand to the British public. ‘Cooking Up A Fortune’ sees amateur foodies, who dream of escaping the rat race and cooking for a living, create and …

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Amazon Prime Day is here

Amazon Prime Day is here with ‘more deals than ever before for UK Prime members’. Prime Day started at 00.01am this morning (Monday July 15) and – for the first time ever – runs for 48 hours until 11.59pm on Tuesday (July 16) offering more than one million deals worldwide …

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