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Cookshop weekly sales up 16% for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 4.8% last week (to Saturday April 13). Christine Kasoulis, fashion buying director for the department store group, said: “Customers enjoyed shopping Easter promotions, with Easter falling later this year compared to last year. “Home sales were up 6.9%. Furniture and Flooring …

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Waitrose shoppers prepare for Easter weekend

Waitrose & Partners has reported that total sales excluding fuel were 7.2% higher last week (to Saturday April 13) than the same week last year, although it noted that comparisons continue to be distorted by the different fall of Easter compared with last year. The supermarket chain’s personnel director Jo …

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Morrisons to introduce paper carrier bags in all stores

Morrisons is to offer paper carrier bags to all customers, as part of a continuing drive to remove unnecessary plastic from its stores. The supermarket chain’s stores in Wales offered paper carrier bags last week and they will be rolled out to branches in England and Scotland in May. The …

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Tefal unveils details of marketing campaign to support OptiGrill+

From May 1, Tefal will be supporting its OptiGrill + range with a six-week digital media campaign. The multi-level push will include Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, underpinned with a comprehensive range of in-store point of sale material. According to the housewares supplier, OptiGrill+ ‘represents a new step in smart grilling. …

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The Cookware Company launches trade online portal

The Cookware Company has launched a new online portal designed to allow trade customers to place orders in just a few clicks. The new B2B platform at https://www.greenpan-b2b.co.uk/ enables customers to order 24/7, check availability and order history, and choose when their orders are delivered. The housewares supplier said here …

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Sales of Easter decorations soar at John Lewis

With Christmas celebrations a few months behind us, Brits are gearing up for Easter – and it’s now a bigger event than ever before, according to John Lewis & Partners. The department store group has reported that ‘more customers than ever before are viewing Easter as an opportunity to get …

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Waitrose launches Gin O’Clock experience

A new gin tasting experience is available from Waitrose & Partners for shoppers to enjoy five different gins without leaving their homes. ‘Gin O’Clock’ is a two hour session led by one of the supermarket chain’s specialists, either hosted at home, or in hired accommodation, an office or event space. …

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BHETA appoints Seema Grantham as new housewares sector manager

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Seema Grantham as its new housewares sector manager: the first appointment since the announcement of the Association’s recent restructure. Seema succeeds Will Jones, who has taken up the newly created position of chief operating officer, reporting to BHETA executive chairman Andrew …

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BHETA and knife suppliers back ‘responsible retailing’ campaign

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA)’s consultative meeting with UK kitchen knife suppliers on March 25 reached a consensus to back a proactive industry-wide ‘responsible retailing’ campaign. Leading kitchen knife suppliers including Taylor’s Eye Witness, Amefa, Fiskars, George East (housewares), Kuhn Rikon and Robert Welch Designs met BHETA housewares …

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Sales of Easter decorations soar at Hobbycraft

As Easter approaches, parents across the UK are preparing by decorating their homes with Easter-themed crackers, cards and trees and creating bonnets for their little ones. Celebrities are even getting involved with TV presenter Rochelle Humes taking to Instagram and admitting to running to Hobbycraft for embellishments for the Magical …

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