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Waitrose & Partners to export to Jordan

Waitrose & Partners started exporting to Jordan for the first time on Saturday (November 23). The retailer has reached an agreement with Cozmo, a five-strong supermarket chain in the country’s capital of Amman. Waitrose said Cozmo, which opened its first store in 2003, is the leading supermarket in Amman, combining …

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Debenhams recruits 7,000 staff for Christmas

Debenhams has filled 7,000 Christmas jobs across its 165 UK stores ‘to help give the best customer service possible at Christmas’. The department store group is also mobilising volunteers from its central functions, with 500 people from its London HQ going out to their local stores to help over the …

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BHETA’S first Service Provider Forum proves popular

The inaugural Business Service Provider Forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) proved ‘a popular event for supplier members with an excellent turnout,’ according to the trade body. The event, which took place at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham on November 19, was billed as ‘a showcase for BHETA’s …

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Fleur East teams up with Debenhams for Christmas advert

Department store group Debenhams has launched its 2019 Christmas campaign, which focuses on thoughtful gifting for all the family and features ‘The X Factor’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’ star Fleur East, who also provides the soundtrack with her new single ‘Size’. The two Christmas adverts …

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The nation celebrates Stir-Up Sunday

Today (November 24) is the last Sunday before the season of Advent, and home cooks up and down the country will be setting to work on their Christmas puddings, as supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners reveals that online searches for ‘Christmas pudding’ are up 21% year-on-year. Dating back to the …

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Mintel forecasts a steady retail growth for Christmas

Despite a particularly tough year, Mintel forecasts some Christmas cheer for Britain’s retailers. Latest data from the market research firm predicts that December’s retail sales will reach £48.7 billion, growing 3.8% compared with last December when sales hit £46.9 billion. Sales through non-food retailers this December are expected to reach …

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Mintel predicts Black Friday will be ‘the biggest it’s ever been’

Black Friday is now fully ingrained in the retail calendar, and according to Mintel, last year almost two in five (39%) British consumers made a purchase during the Black Friday promotions. The market research firm said 86% of Black Friday shoppers bought online, while 29% bought in-store. Amazon was the …

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Christmas ‘kicks into full swing’ at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were up 2.6% last week (to Saturday November 16) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s finance director Ross Avery said: “Last week we launched our joint Christmas advert – Excitable Edgar – with [sister company] John Lewis with …

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John Lewis customers cosy up for Christmas

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 3.4% last week (to Saturday November 16) on the same week last year, but according to the department store group’s operations director Bérangère Michel: “Following the launch of the joint John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners Christmas advert [which …

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Rainy Day Trust Christmas auction launches on December 1

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity The Rainy Day Trust, put out an appeal earlier this month for businesses in the home improvement industry to donate lots for a special 12 Days of Christmas auction – and following a great response, the auction is ready to launch on Sunday December …

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