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Brits to save nearly £1,600 by changing spending habits in 2019

Brits are planning to become more savvy with their saving in 2019, according to the latest research from merchant services provider Paymentsense. The study of 1,002 UK consumers conducted in December 2018reveals that over half (56%) are planning or considering cutting their spending this year. Survey respondents expect to save …

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Spring Fair reveals speaker line-up

Spring Fair will host a raft of speakers across three theatres at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from February 3 to February 7. Keynote speakers confirmed include: Jo Fairley, entrepreneur and founder of British chocolate company Green and Black’s; Louis Vuitton city merchandising manager Davy Pittoors; Tamara Kelly, shopping editor for …

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‘Marie Kondo effect’ sweeps the UK as John Lewis reveals record sales of storage products

Following the January debut of Japanese organising consultant and author Marie Kondo’s Netflix series ‘Tidy Up’, John Lewis & Partners has reported record sales of storage and organisation products, with storage boxes soaring by 47%, and baskets climbing 24% on last year. The department store group said: “January has always …

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Sales of Gifts, Cook and Dine up 8.2% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners for last week (to Saturday January 12) were up 0.7% on last year, driven by customers continuing to shop Clearance offers and starting to shop Spring/Summer ranges. The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said: “Overall Home sales were down …

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Waitrose reports biggest week of vegan and vegetarian ranges sales outside of Christmas

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday January 12) were 3.8% higher than last year. The supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George said: “Our fresh categories in particular saw strong demand for the week, as many customers stocked up on fresh and healthy food including …

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Doulton Water Filters launches hydration challenge

Doulton Water Filters is encouraging families to take part in the Doulton Hydration Challenge to help them adopt the healthy habit of drinking more water – and cut back on plastic by using a filter instead of buying bottled water. Under the 31-day hydration challenge, participants pledge to drink the …

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BHETA announces date of next Credit Forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is holding its next Credit Forum on March 26 at its headquarters in Birmingham. The event follows on from the pre-Christmas Credit Forum which was the best attended ever, with 20 housewares and DIY suppliers around the table. Aimed primarily at credit and …

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BHETA adds live links to its GfK data service

BHETA’s (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) quarterly retail data service now features live links to all the product groups represented in the four categories detailed in BHETA’s online Retailer Zone. The Retailer Zone features information from all suppliers who are BHETA members across the home enhancement, home improvement and garden …

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Rainy Day Trust: here to help

Staff affected by shop closures may be eligible for help from the industry charity Rainy Day Trust (RDT). Bryan Clover, chief executive officer of RDT, said: “While we are always able to help affected staff members with direct financial assistance, we can also help them in other ways. “Our training …

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Cole & Mason celebrates centenary

Cole & Mason, the British mills and seasoning brand which is part of the DKB Household group, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019 with a host of new product development. This includes the launch of the Precision+ grinding mechanism, which promises to deliver Cole & Mason’s “best pepper grinder ever”. …

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