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Rug designed by Virgil Abloh exclusively for IKEA goes on sale in the UK

IKEA has announced that a highly-anticipated rug designed by Louis Vuitton’s creative director in collaboration with the Swedish homeware giant is available to buy this morning (Friday May 31). The “KEEP OFF” slogan rug, designed by Virgil Abloh, is priced at £400 and is only available to purchase online on …

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ProCook closes Steamer Trading brand

Housewares chain ProCook announced today (Thursday May 30) that it is closing the Steamer Trading brand. ProCook saved rival retailer Steamer Trading from administration in January, buying 27 of Steamer Trading’s 38 stores, along with the ecommerce business and head office team. Ten ‘underperforming’ stores which were not part of …

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Tramontina opens UK warehouse

Housewares supplier Tramontina has opened its first warehouse in the UK. Located at Dukinfield – a town in Tameside, Greater Manchester- the facility will house an ever-growing product range which, along with its renowned Churrasco Collection of barbecue tools, includes the latest additions to its portfolio such as cookware, utensils …

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Sir Terence Conran presented with Lifetime Achievement Award

Sir Terence Conran, one of the world’s best-known designers, retailers and restaurateurs, has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Furniture Makers’ Company – the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry – in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the design and furnishing sector. …

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Brits can’t make sense of the spring clean, says survey

Britain is a nation with a lack of understanding about the annual spring clean, new research reveals. A survey of 1,015 UK adults carried out by household appliances retailer AppliancesDirect.co.uk has revealed that only 41% of Brits did an annual clean this spring season. In comparison, the majority (59%) admitted …

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John Lewis focuses on the living room

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners were down 5.6% last week (to Saturday May 25) “as we annualised price matching heavy competitor activity in the same week last year,” said Jon Williams, director of merchandising operations for the department store group. He explained: “Fashion sales were down 4.3% as …

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Waitrose kicks off a ‘Scrumptious Summer’

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were down 3.1% last week (to Saturday May 25) compared with the same week last year when sales were boosted due to the warmer weather, according to the supermarket chain. Finance director Ross Avery commented: “On the back of the RHS Chelsea …

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ITV recommissions ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’

Following a successful launch, ITV has recommissioned daytime cookery series ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’. The second series starts from Sunday June 9 at 9:25am on ITV and each programme has been extended to two hours from its original duration of 60 minutes. The broadcaster said: ‘The show sees couple …

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BBC One commissions ‘Inside The Supermarket’

BBC One has commissioned a six-part documentary series following 12 months in the life of Sainsbury’s – Britain’s oldest supermarket. With unprecedented access over the course of a year, ‘Inside The Supermarket’ follows the pivotal points of the retail calendar including Mother’s Day, Easter, the summer holidays and the run-up …

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Which? survey names best and worst high street shops

WHSmith has finished bottom of Which?’s annual UK high street shops survey, while specialist retailers come out on top. Conducted in January, the annual survey of 7,784 members of consumer body Which? was based on in-store purchases made during the past 12 months. It looked at the bricks-and-mortar shops offering …

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