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John Lewis and Waitrose launch joint Christmas TV advert

In their first ever joint Christmas campaign, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners have come together to create an advert which tells the story of a girl and her friendship with an young dragon. From 6am today (Thursday November 14), staff at both John Lewis and Waitrose were …

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Argos Christmas campaign celebrates ‘The Book of Dreams’

The Argos catalogue takes centre stage in the retailer’s Christmas TV advertising campaign. Argos said: ‘While the catalogue has been a firm fixture with British families for the last 46 years, it has been absent from our most significant annual TV advertisement for the past decade. ‘This year, however, the …

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Buyfair launches crowdfunding campaign

Buyfair has launched a crowdfunding campaign which is now live on Crowdcube. Dominic Speelman, ceo & co-founder of www.buyfair.global , said: “More than 14 years ago, I set up a global homeware brand called MAKE International. Since our inception, we have sold thousands of products worldwide, to some of the …

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Sales of small electricals up at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 2.3% last week (to Saturday November 9) on the same week last year – but customers enjoyed shopping promotions across lighting, fashion and beauty, according to the department store group’s shop trade director Maggie Porteous. She said: “Fashion sales were up …

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JLP celebrates diversity

Waitrose & Partners has joined forces with its sister chain John Lewis & Partners to launch a new scheme that enables multilingual staff to wear badges identifying the other languages they speak. The scheme launches this month with an initial 20 badges for: Urdu; Arabic; French; Mandarin; Spanish; German; Italian; …

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Waitrose shoppers crave comfort food

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 0.5% last week (to Saturday November 9) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s personnel director Jo Walmsley said: “Last week saw a sharp rise in demand for comfort food as temperatures lowered. “Gravy and stock were …

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Tefal set to launch social media marketing campaign

Tefal will run a social media marketing campaign to promote its ActiFry Genius XL air fryer from mid-November for six weeks. A number of high profile influencers will be cooking and demonstrating various healthy and hearty meals using the ActiFry Genius XL through social media. Users will be encouraged to …

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Autumn rain keeps shoppers at bay in October

UK retail footfall declined by 3.2% year-on-year in October – which was steeper than September and both the 3-month and 12-month average, according to the latest figures from British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard. Covering the four weeks from September 29 to October 26, the BRC-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Report …

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Rainy Day Trust launches Christmas Appeal

Every Christmas, industry charity the Rainy Day Trust (RDT) sends a small hamper or food voucher to its most vulnerable beneficiaries. They also receive a hand-written Christmas card. RDT ceo Bryan Clover said: ‘It can be a difficult time for many, so a hamper with a few luxury items can …

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From Kirstie and Jamie to Bake Off, Channel 4 reveals festive show schedule

Channel 4 has disclosed details of its Christmas programming schedule. Highlights include celebrity cook Jamie Oliver revealing his Christmas foodie tips, a double portion of festive themed Great British Bake Off, and Kirstie being Crafty. There will be special episodes of ‘Jamie’s Best Christmas Ever’ and ‘Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday …

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