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Klean Kanteen named as finalist in the 2020 UK Outdoor Industry Awards

Klean Kanteen’s reusable and plastic-free insulated bottle TKPro has been named as a finalist in the accessories category of the 2020 UK Outdoor Industry Awards. The shortlisted finalists were revealed at the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) on July 10 after being selected from 120 products entered by manufacturers and distributors …

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Consumer spending ‘left languishing’ says BRC boss

UK retail sales increased by 0.1% on a like-for-like basis from July 2018, when they had increased 0.5% from the preceding year, according to the latest figures from BRC (British Retail Consortium) and KPMG. Covering the four weeks from June 30 to July 27, the BRC-KPMG monthly sales monitor reported …

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John Lewis continues collaboration with Swoon

John Lewis & Partners and online interiors brand Swoon have announced the launch of their Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, continuing their design collaboration into the next season. The 18-piece collection, available from the department store group from September 1, has been exclusively designed by Swoon’s in-house design studio and manufactured by …

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John Lewis & Partners introduces 1815 Bold from Royal Doulton

1815 Bold is the name of a new collection from tabletop company Royal Doulton, exclusive to John Lewis & Partners. The department store group said: ‘This selection of timeless, modern shapes features two design combinations of hand-dipped glazes and brushstrokes in three on-trend colours – aqua, lilac and red – …

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John Lewis customers refresh their homes with decorative touches

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 2.7 % last week (to Saturday August 3) on the same week last year. The department store group’s director of merchandising operations Jon Williams said: “Home sales were down 7.1%. However, customers were refreshing their homes with decorative touches as we …

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Waitrose weekly sales down 2.7%

Total sales excluding fuel were 2.7% lower last week (to Saturday August 3) at Waitrose & Partners than the same week last year, as the country continued to see mixed weather. The supermarket chain’s finance director Ross Avery said: “Sales of wine were up, with English and Welsh wine proving …

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Ross Kemp’s knife crime documentary airs this week

In the third episode of Ross Kemp’s four-part ‘Living With…’ TV series,which explores some of Britain’s most critical issues, the actor and investigative journalist turns the spotlight on knife crime. In ‘Ross Kemp Living With Knife Crime’, which airs on ITV on Thursday (August 8) at 7.30pm, the ex-EastEnder addresses …

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Robert Dyas boss Theo Paphitis returns to Dragon’s Den

Theo Paphitis is returning to BBC Two business show ‘Dragons’ Den’ as a guest Dragon in the new series. He will stand in for Touker Suleyman, who was unable to film for part of series 17, which airs from Sunday (August 11) at 8pm. Theo will appear later in the …

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ESA Sales joins forces with Lékué

ESA Sales has been appointed as UK sales and marketing agency for housewares supplier Lékué. ESA Sales managing director Chris Hoyle said: “Representing a brand with such a strong heritage of innovation is really exciting – not just for us, but for our retail partners and their customers. The Lékué …

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Wyevale Garden Centres announces the sale of two garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery to Blue Diamond Garden Centres, and Cheltenham Garden Centre to Webbs Garden Centres. The acquisition of Bridgemere Garden Centre and Bridgemere Nursery at Nantwich in Cheshire increases the footprint of the Blue Diamond brand to …

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