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For taking tea on the terrace

Price and Kensington's High Tea collection includes everything needed for a traditional garden tea party, from teapot to sundae dishes, and cake plates to mugs.

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A clear case for colour

Coloured-handle cutlery adds a touch of fun to an outdoor dining experience, and Amefa has gone one stage further with Gota, one of several new designs.

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Plastic fantastic outdoors

Addis' Emsa brand says pastels are set to be the key colour trend this year, and with that in mind has launched a new range of plastic dining ware in light green, light blue and lavender.

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Debenhams suffers like-for-like sales drop

Total sales at Debenhams rose 6.3% but like-for-likes dropped 4% in the 19 weeks to January 13. The company is blaming its acquisition last year of nine Roches stores in the Republic of Ireland, which have relatively low-margin stock.

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Sales up at Dunelm

Total sales at Dunelm Group for the 26 weeks to December 30 were £178.4m, with like-for-like sales up 5%.

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JLP wants to double sales

The John Lewis Partnership says it is committed to doubling sales over the next 10 years. The £12b target would entail opening at least 10 new department stores and the creation of up to 35,000 jobs.

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Here comes summer!

And if it's a long, hot one customers will be seeking new product ideas to freshen up their picnics and outdoor parties

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Woolworths’ deduction demand would be breach of contract, says BHHMA

Woolworths is understood to be meeting suppliers over its intention to make financial deductions from their accounts. The meetings appear to have come about as a result of angry protestations from the British Hardware and Housewares Manufacturers' Association to the retailer over lack of consultation.

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