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New line-up for ‘Junior Bake Off’ announced

Comedian Harry Hill will host the new 15-part series of ‘Junior Bake Off’, due to air on Channel 4 later this year. Joining Harry will be two judges: Prue Leith, who is a regular judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and Liam Charles, a contestant from Series 8 of …

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Richard Walker of Eddingtons to speak at 2019 Global Forum

Richard Walker, commercial director of housewares supplier Eddingtons, has been confirmed as a speaker at the 2019 Global Forum. The event, which will to be held from September 15 to September 17 at San Diego in California, is sponsored by the International Business Council (IBC), a special interest group of …

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John Lewis to trial virtual reality experience

John Lewis & Partners is set to trial a new virtual reality experience in three shops called ‘Visualise Your Space’ to enable customers to visualise new products in their homes before they buy. Customers will be able to put the dimensions, doors and windows of the room they want to …

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Michael Griffiths retires after 40 years in the housewares industry

Cookshop owner Michael Griffiths has retired in early June after 40 years in the housewares industry, on both the supply and retail sides. The owner and partner of Salamander Cookshop at Wimborne in Dorset has sold the business to D&I Retail. Michael said: “I wish [new owners] David and Ione …

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Bira boss comments on BRC-KPMG’s May retail sales figures

Andrew Goodacre, ceo of Bira (British Independent Retailers Association), has commented on the results of the latest retail sales monitor released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG, which show a 2.7% slump in retail sales in May. Excluding Easter distortions, this represents the biggest decline since the BRC-KPMG record began …

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Take part in the June issue of Housewares Magazine

We are now working on the June 2019 issue of Housewares Magazine, which includes the following features: Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical: Review Cookware Kitchen Knives and Accessories Tabletop Storageware Housewares as Gifts Preserving Celebrity Endorsed and Licensed Products   WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART? The issue will be …

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May retail sales show ‘biggest decline on record’

Retail sales in May hit ‘the biggest decline on record’ according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG. Covering the four weeks from April 28 to May 25, the BRC-KPMG retail sales monitor reports that on a total basis, sales decreased by 2.7% in May. Excluding Easter …

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Gifting sales up 5.5% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 3.5% last week (to Saturday June 1) due to “a combination of the impact of warm weather – and we were also annualising price matching competitor activity,” according to the department store group’s customer director Craig Inglis. He said: “Home sales …

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Bakery sales strong at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.8% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday June 1) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s supply chain director Wim van Aalst said: “Sales of bakery were strong, led by products in our Scrumptious Summer range, including cakes (up 8%) and …

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Shoppers create soaring demand for exotic vegetables

Demand for vegetables from Africa, Asia, North and South America and the Caribbean has rocketed at Tesco stores. And their popularity is not restricted to the supermarket chain’s major inner city branches either, with sales soaring in towns across the country. Among the most popular exotic vegetables at Tesco over …

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