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‘Ongoing Brexit uncertainty’ holds back September spending

Total retail sales fell by 1.3% in September against an increase of 0.7% in September 2018, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. The BRC said this is below the 3-month average decline of 0.4% and the 12-month average growth of 0.2%: a …

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Wyevale Garden Centres sells all remaining sites

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced that it has sold its remaining trading business to British Garden Centres, which will use the portfolio of stores as a springboard to enter the south of England market. Since WGC launched a sale process in May 2018,it has sold 145 garden centres in …

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Deadline extended to take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine

The deadline to take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine has been extended by one week to Friday October 18 – so there is still time for you to take part. The October/November 2019 includes the following features: Food Preparation Tabletop Childrensware Small Electricals Storageware Barware Textiles Oven-To-Tableware …

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New look for LocknLock

Housewares supplier JWP has revealed a new identity for the LocknLock brand. JWP said: “LocknLock are a world leading food container manufacturer and are consistently ranked globally as a leading housewares company. So over the last 12 months they have been assessing ways in which to strengthen their brand positioning …

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Hotpoint teams up with Jamie Oliver for Eat Your Fridge Challenge

This month, as part of a commitment to helping consumers move to a zero waste kitchen, Hotpoint has teamed up with its brand ambassador Jamie Oliver to get the nation to take on the Eat Your Fridge Challenge. The initiative is described as ‘seven days of being more mindful when …

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Robert Dyas launches new own-brand kitchenware range

High street housewares and hardware chain Robert Dyas has launched a new range of kitchenware billed as ‘not only excellent quality, but boasting convenient features that’ll make everyday life that little bit easier’. Robert Dyas kitchen buyer Louise Lee said: “With our busy lifestyles, we want cooking and baking to …

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Waitrose prepares for its ‘biggest pumpkin party yet’

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 1.7% last week (to Saturday October 5) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s personnel director Jo Walmsley said: “As the temperature begins to drop, customers are enjoying comforting food, with sales of Waitrose & Partners No.1 …

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John Lewis posts biggest week for online Home sales this year

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 23.1% last week (to Saturday October 5) on the same week last year, as customers took part in the department store group’s Home promotional event and its first ever my John Lewis Beauty Weekend event across 35 shops. The retailer’s buying …

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John Lewis pilots buyback clothing scheme

John Lewis & Partners introduced a pilot scheme at its Oxford shop last Friday (October 4), inviting customers to return ‘preloved’ clothes in exchange for payment per item. Through this ‘BuyBack’ trial, the shop is accepting items from any womenswear and menswear brands stocked at John Lewis, from its 20,000 …

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Selfridges to launch its own cinema destination

Selfridges has announced the opening of a permanent cinema destination in its flagship store on London’s Oxford Street at the end of November. The retailer claims ‘this will be the first time that a department store anywhere in the world is to permanently accommodate such a facility. The three-screen cinema …

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