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Lakeland shares its top 10 Christmas best sellers

Lakeland has revealed is current Yuletide best sellers. Described as ‘the very best of Christmas 2019’, the housewares chain said: ‘Here are all the festive items you have been loving this year’: 1.Bethlehem Advent Stable (£69.99) A wooden stable with four doors (that includes a nativity figure behind each door) …

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Thermos UK teams up with homeless charity

Portable insulated food and drink container manufacturer Thermos UK has teamed up with a homeless charity in Leeds to provide flasks for hot drinks to keep rough sleepers warm during the colder nights. As homelessness in the West Yorkshire region reaches record highs and the problem becomes more visibly evident, …

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PHA KitchEssentials strengthens sales team

Housewares distributor PHA KitchEssentials has welcomed Andy Cuthbert to its sales team to cover Scotland, Cumbria, Durham and Northumberland. PHA managing director Paul Hargreaves said Andy “brings great enthusiasm and plenty of experience to the role”. He added: “Andy joins us at a really exciting – and busy – time, …

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Retailers: deadline extended to enter the Housewares Innovation Awards!

The deadline for retailer entries in the Housewares Innovation Awards 2020 has been extended to Friday November 1. The Awards is a celebration of all of the amazing companies operating within this industry and we want to make sure that the very best are represented. If you haven’t yet submitted …

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Former Bira membership manager joins ShopAppy.com

Julie Holden, former national membership manager of Bira (British Independent Retailers Association) is the first in a raft of appointments for ShopAppy.com. ShopAppy.com is a website that was created to ‘revive British High Streets by providing an alternative to supermarkets and online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and …

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Spring & Autumn Fair organiser ITE Group rebrands to Hyve Group

Spring & Autumn Fair organiser ITE Group has announced a major rebrand, including a change to its name and new brand identity The company is now known as Hyve Group. It said: ‘This rebrand reflects the evolution of the Group’s business resulting from its Transformation and Growth programme (TAG) announced …

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John Lewis Partnership to stop selling crackers with plastic toys inside

John Lewis Partnership (JLP), which operates department store group John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners, has announced that this will be the last Christmas when it sells Christmas crackers with plastic toys inside. Instead, crackers will be filled with toys made from recyclable materials such as …

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Waitrose & Partners announces new UAE shops

Waitrose & Partners has opened a new shop in the UAE under licence with Fine Fare Food Market LLC (FFFM) and has confirmed plans for another. On October 17 it opened a store in The Galleria Mall: a high-end retail mall on Al Marayah Island in Abu Dhabi. The store …

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Sales of cooking product up 13% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were up 8.5% last week (to Saturday October 19) on the same week last year, as customers shopped promotions across fashion and beauty in-store and online, according to the department store group’s buying director of fashion Christine Kasoulis. She said: “Fashion sales were …

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Waitrose shoppers prepare for Halloween parties and Christmas

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were 1.2% lower last week (to Saturday October 19) than the same week last year. The supermarket multiple’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “The very wet weather prompted a boost of warming foods such as ready meals. “Many [shoppers] have …

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