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John Lewis Partnership to stop selling crackers with plastic toys inside

John Lewis Partnership (JLP), which operates department store group John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners, has announced that this will be the last Christmas when it sells Christmas crackers with plastic toys inside. Instead, crackers will be filled with toys made from recyclable materials such as …

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Waitrose & Partners announces new UAE shops

Waitrose & Partners has opened a new shop in the UAE under licence with Fine Fare Food Market LLC (FFFM) and has confirmed plans for another. On October 17 it opened a store in The Galleria Mall: a high-end retail mall on Al Marayah Island in Abu Dhabi. The store …

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Sales of cooking product up 13% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were up 8.5% last week (to Saturday October 19) on the same week last year, as customers shopped promotions across fashion and beauty in-store and online, according to the department store group’s buying director of fashion Christine Kasoulis. She said: “Fashion sales were …

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Waitrose shoppers prepare for Halloween parties and Christmas

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were 1.2% lower last week (to Saturday October 19) than the same week last year. The supermarket multiple’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “The very wet weather prompted a boost of warming foods such as ready meals. “Many [shoppers] have …

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Back to the future for the high street?

Services such as cafés, markets and tattoo parlours have thrived even as major retailers struggle amid concerns for the future of the UK high street, new analysis from Which? reveals. The consumers’ association analysed almost 1.5 million Ordnance Survey [national mapping agency] business records from 2014 and 2019 to compare …

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M&S plans 60,000sq ft store for the Midlands

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to open a new 60,000sq ft store at British Land’s Giltbrook Retail Park in Nottingham in Summer 2020. Up to 150 new and existing M&S staff will work at the new store in Nottingham, with recruitment in Spring 2020. The announcement comes less …

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Debenhams marks milestone

Debenhams is commemorating 40 years of trading in Blackburn. The department store group’s branch at The Mall Blackburn Shopping Centre in Lancashire is holding a variety of events this weekend (October 19-20) to help its 120 staff celebrate with customers including 20% off in the store restaurant, a special cardholder promotion, …

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BHETA to hold Meet The Buyer day with Wilko

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will host a Meet The Buyer retail networking day with Wilko at the Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel at Retford in Nottinghamshire on November 13. The event will include the 400-strong home and hardware chain’s whole buying team. Wilko’s listings include home …

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David Mason Design collaborates with Ashley Thomas

David Mason Design (DMD) has announced a collaboration with designer Ashley Thomas. The housewares company said: ‘Working in partnership with Ashley, we have created the first phase of the launch of the Ashley Thomas Brand for DMD, scheduled for Spring 2020, with an extensive collection covering bakeware, teatime accessories and …

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John Lewis reveals what’s hot, what’s not and what’s next in housewares

John Lewis & Partners has released its annual Retail Report which looks back on sales trends at the department store group over the past 12 months. ‘How We Shop, Live And Look’ analyses internal shopping data from August 2018 to August 2019 to get an insight into the products which …

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