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Waitrose prepares for its ‘biggest pumpkin party yet’

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 1.7% last week (to Saturday October 5) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s personnel director Jo Walmsley said: “As the temperature begins to drop, customers are enjoying comforting food, with sales of Waitrose & Partners No.1 …

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John Lewis posts biggest week for online Home sales this year

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were up 23.1% last week (to Saturday October 5) on the same week last year, as customers took part in the department store group’s Home promotional event and its first ever my John Lewis Beauty Weekend event across 35 shops. The retailer’s buying …

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John Lewis pilots buyback clothing scheme

John Lewis & Partners introduced a pilot scheme at its Oxford shop last Friday (October 4), inviting customers to return ‘preloved’ clothes in exchange for payment per item. Through this ‘BuyBack’ trial, the shop is accepting items from any womenswear and menswear brands stocked at John Lewis, from its 20,000 …

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Selfridges to launch its own cinema destination

Selfridges has announced the opening of a permanent cinema destination in its flagship store on London’s Oxford Street at the end of November. The retailer claims ‘this will be the first time that a department store anywhere in the world is to permanently accommodate such a facility. The three-screen cinema …

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Christmas comes early at M&S

This year Marks & Spencer (M&S) customers are getting ready for Christmas earlier than ever before. The clothing, home and food products chain said ‘Christmas’ has been in the top 10 customer searches on M&S.com since the beginning of September, with an average of 2,500 searches a day. In response …

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Co-op serves-up new store in Cardiff’s Capital Quarter

Co-op opened a new food store in Cardiff last Friday (October 4) following a £700,000 investment creating 15 jobs. Located in the city’s Capital Quarter, the store runs on 100% renewable electricity, and is one of three to open in South Wales this week, with other new Co-op food stores …

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Fenwick to headline BHETA forum

The next retailer networking forum organised by BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) will feature Fenwick director of buying for furniture, home and food Kieran McBride. BHETA said: ‘After a year of much change at the independent department store chain, Kieran will be bringing our members up to speed on …

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Co-op and Steel Warriors open gym made from recycled knives

Charity Steel Warriors had launched an outdoor gym made from recycled knives at Ruskin Park in the south London borough of Lambeth, built in partnership with supermarket chain Co-op. Steel Warriors aims to reduce the number of young people carrying knives by melting down tonnes of seized and surrendered weapons …

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A new face at Meyer

The Meyer Group has announced the appointment of Claire Whalley-Livesey as sales director. Meyer chairman and managing director Mark Ivory commented: “Claire joins us at a particularly exciting time as Meyer expands its leadership position in gourmet cookware and invests further across its kitchenware brand portfolio, providing a full service …

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Sir David Attenborough in Bristol for one-off preview screening of ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’

Sir David Attenborough is visiting Bristol later thismonth for an exclusive screening of BBC Studios’ new natural history series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’. The first episode of the series will be shown at the Showcase de Lux cinema in Cabot Circus on the evening of October 23 – and tickets …

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