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John Lewis and Waitrose join FareShare to host festive feasts

More than 1,000 people across the country have been invited to enjoy a ‘Festive Feast’ hosted by Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners, as part of the retailers’ campaign to bring people together this Christmas. Food redistribution charity FareShare has nominated more than 50 charities to take part, …

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Which? investigates Black Friday deals

Nearly all Black Friday ‘deals’ are cheaper or available for the same price at other times of the year, according to a new study by Which? The consumers’ association tracked the prices of 83 tech, home and personal products that were on offer on Black Friday (November 23) in 2018 …

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John Lewis weekly sales down 43.3%

Total sales were down 43.3% at John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday November 23) but according to the department store group’s trading director Simon Coble, “our performance exceeded expectations with the scheduled launch of Black Friday deals towards the end of the week. Sales were up 30% compared …

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Brits get set to embrace Thanksgiving

Waitrose & Partners expects ‘more Brits than ever’ to embrace the American holiday of Thanksgiving this Thursday (November 28), with online searches for ‘thanksgiving’ up 49% on Waitrose.com. The supermarket chain predicts that dishes classically associated with the festive occasion such as pumpkin pie, turkey, sweet potatoes with marshmallows are …

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Waitrose shoppers get into the Christmas spirit

Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.3% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday November 23) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket group’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “Customers are already entering into the Christmas spirit and preparing for lots of feasting with Christmas …

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Suppliers enjoy BHETA’s Meet The Buyer day with Wilko

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) held a Meet The Buyer day with Wilko on November 13, and welcomed 55 suppliers for over 100 appointments with the home and hardware chain’s buying team. Categories represented included home living, kitchen and dining, decorating and DIY, storage, garden and outdoor, cleaning …

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BBC to broadcast A Berry Royal Christmas

The BBC has announced details of its Christmas TV programming and has revealed that one culinary highlight will be a one-off show presented by cookery queen Mary Berry. In ‘A Berry Royal Christmas’, Mary will visit a host of charities across the country whose staff work throughout the holidays. Inspired …

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Springboard forecasts Black Friday footfall to drop by -4.5%

Springboard has forecast that Black Friday weekend ‘will do little to help struggling retailers in what has been a challenging year of trading’. The retail intelligence company anticipates that footfall across bricks-and-mortar retail destinations will decline by -4.5% on Black Friday, with high streets being the hardest hit with a …

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Black Friday Weekend spending predicted to hit £164m in London’s West End

According to New West End Company, Black Friday Weekend is set to see another year of sales growth for retailers in London’s West End. Spending across the capital’s retail heartland is expected to see a +9% year-on-year lift, with spending reaching £164 million over the weekend of Saturday November 30 …

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Which? warns of online Christmas delivery disasters

More than half of online shoppers experienced a delivery disaster or had at least one delivery that did not go as planned last Christmas, new research from Which? has found. In an online survey carried out by Populus between February 1 and February 3 2019 of 2,071 UK adults, Which? …

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