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Mother’s Day gifting sales up 22% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 11.4% last week (to Saturday March 2) compared with the same period last year. The department store group’s operations director Berangere Michel said: “We saw positive sales across all categories, driven by the warmer weather, price-matching competitors through our ‘Never Knowingly …

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Waitrose’s sell-out Chocolate Avocado Easter egg makes a return

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were 0.9% higher last week (to Saturday March 2) compared with the same period last year. The retailer’s customer director Martin George said: “As shoppers enjoyed spring-like weather, sales of soft fruits, salads and prepared veg were up, as were sales of deli …

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Demand for eco-cleaning products ‘at an all-time high’

Veganism isn’t the only way that Brits are becoming increasingly eco-conscious – demand for vegan household cleaning products are at a record high at Tesco. The supermarket chain has reported that in the last year, demand for eco-cleaning products that are environmentally-friendly and have not been tested on animals has …

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13 companies honoured with IHA Global Innovation Awards for Product Design

Thirteen housewares suppliers, ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors, were honoured as Global Honorees of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design on March 2. The winners were announced during the invitation-only dinner on the first evening of the four-day 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, which …

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Global Honorees for Retail Excellence announced at Chicago show

The International Housewares Association (IHA), sponsor and organiser of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme announced the 2019 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence at The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago on March 2. The five Global Honorees are: Jumbled (Australia), Bahne (Denmark), S-KULTUR (Germany), Futako Tamagawa …

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IHA Student Design Competition winners showcased at Chicago exhibition

The safety and security of seniors, children and the disabled in their homes were key issues addressed by winning entries in the 26th annual Student Design Competition run by the International Housewares Association (IHA). The contest challenged college students to redesign a current housewares product to meet the needs of …

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Ralph Humphries goes on the run… for charity

Ralph Humphries, managing director of supplier Pendeford Housewares, is training for the London Marathon – and hopes to raise funds for charity by his efforts. The race, which takes place on April 28, covers a 26.2 mile route through the heart of the capital. Ralph explained: “I had blood cancer …

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‘Bold and busy’ Spring Fair champions sustainability and ethical sourcing

Over 2,000 exhibitors built relationships and signed deals with the retail industry’s biggest players at Spring Fair 2019, according to show owner ITE Group. Of these, more than 600 were new to the event, which was held at the NEC in Birmingham from February 3 to February 7. ITE Group …

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ACID is on the move

The membership office of design and intellectual property campaigning organisation ACID (Anti Copying In Design) has relocated. The new address is: First Floor, Graham House, Chequers Close, Enigma Business Park, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1GP. The telephone number and email address remain the same: 08456443617 and info@acid.uk.com

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Baa Stool secures copycat settlement

When Anti Copying In Design (ACID) member Baa Stool recently discovered its intellectual property (IP) had been infringed, the homeware manufacturer took immediate action and instructed ACID legal affiliates McDaniel & Co to write a letter – before action – setting out its claim. Shortly afterwards, Baa Stool received a signed …

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