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A New Year’s wish list from an independent retailer

Liz Lawson, managing director of south-west housewares chain Lawsons, has written an open letter to the next British government: “As a retailer of 25 years standing, I know that retail is changing faster today than it ever has. My business has been trading for 115 years and like many businesses …

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‘Record-breaking’ Black Friday period for ProCook

Housewares chain ProCook has reported ‘another record-breaking’ Black Friday period. The specialist retailer’s bricks-and-mortar channel achieved a14% increase in like-for-like sales and its ecommerce sales were up by almost a quarter on last year – both contributing an overall company like-for-like growth of 20%. Total sales were up 40% on …

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Cookware sales up 43% at John Lewis due to Black Friday promotions

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 14.8% last week (to Saturday December 7) on the same week last year, as the department store group “saw a strong end” to its Black Friday event. The retailer’s Home Buying Lead Jason Wilary-Attew said: “Total sales for the full 11 …

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Waitrose shoppers stock up for the party season

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 2.5% last week (to Saturday December 7) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas said: “Good performers included party food and the return of our ‘10 Fine Wines at £10’ promotion. Both proved …

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Maped Helix joins BHETA

Maped Helix is the latest name to join The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), in readiness for the Exclusively Housewares show debut of the Maped Picnik concept: a range of lunch boxes, water bottles and lunch bags, already proving popular with children and adults alike. BHETA said: ‘Aesthetically and …

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Best Home Cook is back soon

BBC One has announced that ‘Best Home Cook’ is returning to our screens. No transmission dates have been revealed but the broadcaster said: ‘The eight-part series returns with a new lease of life: brand new kitchens, tougher challenges and an exciting and tense finale each week. ‘There’s also a new …

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Pantone unveils Colour of the Year 2020

The Pantone Color Institute has revealed that PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue is its Colour of the Year for 2020. The shade is described as ‘a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking Classic Blue highlight our desire …

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Winter washout puts the freeze on shopping, says Springboard

Retail footfall declined by -3.4% in November, compared with -3.2% in November last year, according to Springboard. High Street footfall declined by -4.3%, following from the decrease of -3.8% in November last year. Retail Park footfall dropped by -1.8%, following from November 2018 when footfall decreased by -1.4%. Shopping Centre …

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Take part in the next issue of Housewares Magazine

We are now working on the January/February2020 issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: • The Housewares Innovation Awards: Preview • Top Drawer Preview • Spring Fair: Preview • Ambiente Show: Preview • Chicago Show: Preview • Kitchen Knives and Accessories • Eco-Friendly Products • Storageware • Healthy …

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M&S names new clothing & home managing director

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that Richard Price, the current ceo of F&F Clothing at Tesco, has been appointed to the role of M&S managing director of clothing & home. Richard will join M&S next year and a start date will be ‘confirmed in due course’. Richard first joined …

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