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Retail sales rebounded in January, reveals Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shared its report on January’s retail sales in Great Britain. Sales on the high street rebounded by 1.9% last month, as shoppers returned after the disruption of the Omicron variant. Statistics show that non-food stores sales volumes rose by 3.4% with strong growth …

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Top Drawer shares top trends to look out for at the show

Leading design-led trade show Top Drawer, taking place at Olympia London on 20-22 February, has partnered with the Better Trends Company to curate its trends for S/S22. The Better Trends Company believes that small businesses are the future of retail and together they are changing the way people think about …

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SDEA member survey finds a resilient market despite turbulent backdrop

In spite of the currently unstable supply chain climate within the UK and the continuing battle with COVID and inflationary pressures, SDEA (Shop and Display Equipment Association) is pleased to report a vote of confidence from within the display industry. The latest SDEA survey reveals 66% of members experienced an …

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New Housewares issue – out now!

Hello readers, and welcome to the January/February issue of Housewares! We had a somewhat rocky start to the year – the rapid rise of the Omicron variant in December led to the first major trade show of the year, Ambiente, being cancelled – necessary, but a blow nonetheless to everyone …

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Top Drawer launches ‘Meet The Maker’ feature for 2022 show

Leading s design-led trade show Top Drawer has launched its new Meet the Maker feature, designed to put a spotlight on businesses across all sectors as they demonstrate how their best-selling products are made. Visitors can discover their creative processes from start to finish as the participants showcase their talents …

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Flexibility, well-being and sustainability identified as key 2022 appliance trends

Sirius Buying Group, major buying group in the electrical appliance and kitchen retail sectors, predicts a kitchen renaissance in 2022-3, as the kitchen market bounces back following record movement in the residential sector. Managing director at Sirius, Steve Jones says: “We have been closely tracking the latest forecasts so we …

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Evo Lifestyle and Scrub Daddy UK share charity achievements

Evo Lifestyle Products, home of popular cleaning sponge brand Scrub Daddy, have announce that in 2021 the company helped support almost 350 charitable organisations across the UK by donating 23,000 Scrub Daddy sponges to In Kind Direct. In Kind Direct is a UK charity who believe everyone deserves access to …

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How are consumers chasing sustainability in 2022? Euromonitor shares insights

In 2021, one-third of global consumers actively reduced their emissions and one-quarter used carbon offsets to compensate for them. Eco-anxiety is forcing consumers to look for ways to control their carbon footprint. Predominately young and relatively affluent, climate-minded consumers are a force to be reckoned with this year. The need …

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The Basket Room wins top prize in The Independent Awards

The Basket Room – an ethical homewares brand – scooped the prestigious ‘Female Founder’ award in The Independent Awards in December 2021. The Basket Room sells handwoven storage baskets, basket bags, woven planters, rugs and bike baskets online at www.thebasketroom.com. Its wholesale outfit supplies over 140 retailers across the world, …

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BHETA secures final draft legislation on retail of bladed items

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has been advised by Government that the new Offensive Weapons Act (OWA2019), which includes new laws on the retailing of bladed items is scheduled to come into force in early April this year. Mindful of the products specifically mentioned in the legislation, it …

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