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Waitrose prepares for Halloween

Sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 0.9% last week (to Saturday September 21) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said: “Rosé wine sales increased last week – perhaps encouraged by the unseasonably warm weather towards the weekend – and …

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Home sales at John Lewis down 13.4%

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 12.4% last week (to Saturday September 21) on the same week last year. The department store group said the performance was due to warmer weather impacting sales of new season products. John Lewis & Partners trading director Simon Coble commented: “Home …

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Faithfull wins best display stand at Home Hardware trade show

Faithfull scooped the Best Display Stand award at Home Hardware’s Autumn Trade Show, which took place on September 17 at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. The company won a cash prize of £100, a certificate and a glass trophy. Faithfull donated its prize money to the Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Rebecca …

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John Lewis is first UK retailer to offer Nestle’s KitKat Chocolatory range

This week John Lewis & Partners will become the first UK retailer to sell Nestle’s KitKat Chocolatory range of bespoke and handmade KitKats including exclusive ‘Best of British’ bars. At a 2,000sq ft pop-up shop in the department store group’s flagship branch on London’s Oxford Street, customers will be able …

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Home Hardware trade show raises £350 for charities

A prize draw held at Home Hardware Southwest’s Autumn Trade Show on September 17 at NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire raised £350 to be split equally between charities Cancer Research and Rainy Day Trust. Home Hardware Southwest said it would like to thank all members, suppliers and staff who generously contributed …

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Rylan Clark-Neal to host all new Ready Steady Cook on BBC One

Cookery show ‘Ready Steady Cook’ is set to return to BBC One Daytime in 2020 with a new host: ‘Celebrity MasterChef’ finalist Rylan Clark-Neal. The 20-part series, produced by Remarkable TV, will offer up fresh challenges to put the next generation of chefs through their culinary paces, offering a platform …

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The Great Pottery Throw Down moves to Channel 4

Channel 4 has commissioned a new series of ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ from Love Productions (the producers of ‘The Great British Bake Off). TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes joins as host, taking over the role from Radio 2’s Sarah Cox, alongside returning judge and master potter Keith Brymer …

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Blanchard’s wins Home Hardware’s cookshop window dressing contest

Wholesaler Home Hardware has revealed that Blanchard’s Home Hardware at Bideford in Devon has won its cookshop window dressing competition for the second consecutive year. Snape & Sons at Cheadle Hulme in Greater Manchester scooped the runner-up prize. Home Hardware introduced the contest to support its Cookshop Catalogue and to …

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One week left to enter Housewares Innovation Awards 2020

There is just one week to go until the final entry deadline for the Housewares Innovation Awards 2020. This is your chance to get your moment in the spotlight for all of your hard work and dedication to the industry over the past 12 months – and it couldn’t be …

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Kenwood raises funds for local children’s charity

Staff at housewares supplier Kenwood hosted a party at De’Longhi Group’s UK head office at Havant in Hampshire on Saturday September 14 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of children’s charity Over The Wall. This national charity provides free residential activity camps across the UK for children aged 8-17 affected by …

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