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Debenhams appoints new ceo

Debenhams Group announced the appointment of Stefaan Vansteenkiste as chief executive officer (ceo) on August 8 Stefaan joined the department store chain in April 2019 as chief restructuring officer and has been working closely with the executive team on a new business plan to deliver a turnaround. The retailer said: …

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Retail footfall declines by 1.9% in July

New figures have revealed that retail footfall was down 1.9% last month, which represents the worst July decline since 2012. According to data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Springboard covering the four weeks from June 30 to July 27 July, high street footfall dropped by 2.7%, following an …

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Magpie pairs up with Peanuts for homeware range

Giftware and homeware manufacturer Magpie has collaborated with American cartoonist Charles M. Shultz’s fabulous comic strip Peanuts (which features the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy the dog) to create a range of homewares. Magpie said: ‘With a long-time love of Snoopy and the gang, we’re super excited to launch our …

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Mary Portas to headline Autumn Fair speaker line-up

Broadcaster and retail consultant Mary Portas will speak at Autumn Fair 2019, which runs from September 1 to September 4 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre. Show organiser ITE Group said: ‘As part of a live Q&A session, Mary will talk about how retailers should be creating communities out of their …

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Mason Cash collaborates with Bake Off finalist

Mason Cash has teamed up with ‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2017 finalist Kate Lyon to develop a selection of ‘simple yet tasty recipes to excite the taste buds’ with the housewares brand’s new Mason Cash & Homepride Fred Mixing Bowl. Mason Cash said: ‘When we thought about creating these …

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Two British baking brands join forces

Housewares brand Mason Cash has collaborated with flour miller Homepride to launch limited edition Mason Cash & Homepride Fred Mixing Bowls. The 29cm earthenware bowls come in two colours of baby pink and powder blue. Both feature the diamond design that Mason Cash Mixing Bowls are known for, with the …

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Barclaycard reports muted consumer spending in July

Consumer spending grew by 1.7 per cent year-on-year in July – representing a decline in real terms when accounting for inflation – following similarly muted figures in May and June, according to Barclaycard. Data from the global payment business, which claims to process nearly half of the nation’s credit and …

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Homewares category makes ‘valiant recovery’ in July

Soaring temperatures failed to boost sales on the high street in July but resulted in the strongest online sales growth in 18 months, as consumers clicked for a fast-fashion summer wardrobe fix. According to the High Street Sales Tracker (HSST), published today (Friday August 9) by accountancy and business advisory …

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Lakeland reveals must-haves for August

Housewares chain Lakeland has revealed customer ambassador Wendy Miranda’s top 11 product recommendations for August. Wendy said: “From preserving the season and easy-to-achieve baking projects to ideas to save time on food prep, we have plenty to inspire you this autumn. Here are my must-haves for August: Ball freshTECH Jam …

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Argos AW19 has landed!

Argos’s new Autumn/Winter 2019 range is now available in-store, online or on the Argos app. Featuring 89,000 products, the range sees the introduction of new products across the board from names including Samsung, LOL Surprise and LEGO (as well as some first-time brands). Highlights from the new Autumn/Winter 2019 range …

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