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John Lewis expands its Home Solutions service

John Lewis & Partners has expanded the reach of its Home Solutions home improvement service across the south-east. The service has been steadily rolling out across the country since Summer 2017 and coverage has now widened from London, Berkshire, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Milton Keynes into Hampshire, Surrey, …

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Waitrose serves up first British plums of the season

As the second week at tennis tournament Wimbledon kicks off, this week sees the first crop of British plums arriving into Waitrose & Partners branches. Waitrose & Partners claims to be the first supermarket to stock the seasonal stone fruit this summer. Retailing at £2.20 for 550g, the Herman variety plums …

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Sainsbury’s launches new recycling scheme

Sainsbury’s launched a Reverse Vending Recycling trial at its Braehead Superstore in Glasgow yesterday (Tuesday July 9), allowing customers to return plastic bottles and drinks cans in exchange for money off their shopping. Braehead becomes the first Sainsbury’s store in Scotland, and only the third in the UK, to offer …

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Wyevale agrees sale of Heathlands Garden Centre to Squire’s

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced that Heathlands Garden Centre in the Berkshire town of Wokingham has been sold to Squire’s Garden Centres. The sale is expected to complete by early August, with WGC continuing to operate the centre until this date. WGC chief operating officer Anthony Jones said: “We’re …

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Denby unveils colourful new marketing campaign

Housewares supplier Denby has revealed details of its new marketing campaign, entitled ‘Vibrant Colour’, which sees bold shades take the spotlight in home interiors. The Derbyshire-based pottery manufacturer said: ‘Predicted to be one of the biggest trends over the next few years, [trend] forecasters WGSN are anticipating ‘maximalism’ [a reaction …

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Home sales up 0.5% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners for last week (to Saturday July 6) were up 1.3% ‘as customers continued to enjoy shopping summer Clearance’. The department store group’s operations director Bérangère Michel commented: “Home sales were up 0.5%, with textiles and home accessories sales up 2.3% on the same …

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Waitrose shoppers get into the summer spirit

Sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were 4.1% lower last week (to Saturday July 6) compared with the same period last year. The supermarket group’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “Customers enjoyed making cocktails as ready-made mixes and garnishes had a strong week. Spirits, cider and soft drinks also …

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Burgers & Boogie Woogie at Harts of Stur

Harts of Stur held its latest event to commemorate its centenary, on Saturday (July 6). For the second phase of the Dorset retailer’s anniversary celebrations, the company hosted a free ‘Burgers & Boogie Woogie’ event for customers at its store in Sturminster Newton. Barbecues were fired up to cook locally-sourced …

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June retail sales fail to shine

UK retail sales suffered the ‘worst June on record’ according to the latest British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG monthly sales monitor. Covering the five weeks from May 26 to June 29, total sales decreased by 1.3% in June, against an increase of 2.3% in June 2018. This decline drags the 3-month …

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Goldings of Bedford to close after 152 years

Independent hardware and housewares retailer Goldings of Bedford is set to close after trading on Bedfordshire county town’s high street for 152 years. Announcing the news on Facebook yesterday (Monday July 8), the Goldings team said: ‘It is with deep and sad regret that Goldings of Bedford Ltd has no …

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