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Portmeirion Group posts tenth consecutive year of record sales

Portmeirion Group has reported its tenth consecutive year of record revenue for the year ending 31 December 2018. Sales lifted 5.7% to £89.6 million from £84.8 million in 2017, while pre-tax profit increased by 10.1% to £9.7 million from £8.8 million in 2017. The Stoke tabletop supplier attributed the performance …

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John Torode and Lisa Faulkner to host ITV cookery series

ITV has announced details of a new daytime cookery series starring celebrity couple John Torode and Lisa Faulkner. ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ comprises nine one-hour episodes and is ‘coming soon’ –  but exact treansmission dates have not yet been announced. The broadcaster said: ‘John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ will …

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Asda removes single kitchen knives from sale nationwide

Asda has announced that it will remove single kitchen knives from sale in all its stores by the end of April. The supermarket chain said the decision has been made in response to rising concerns about knife crime in the UK, particularly those involving children and young people. Asda senior …

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Brexit uncertainty hits retail growth

Uncertainty surrounding the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union has hit consumer spending, according to Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC). She said: “While real incomes have started to rise over the past year, shoppers were reluctant to spend this February, holding back growth. …

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Global Honorees for Retail Excellence announced at Chicago show

The International Housewares Association (IHA), sponsor and organiser of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) programme announced the 2019 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence at The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago on March 2. The five Global Honorees are: Jumbled (Australia), Bahne (Denmark), S-KULTUR (Germany), Futako Tamagawa …

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Bennetts’ administrators receive ‘numerous’ expressions of interest

The joint administrators of Derbyshire retailer Bennetts (Irongate) Limited, which trades as Bennetts Department Store in Derby and Ashbourne, have reported ‘significant levels of interest’ from potential buyers of the business. Paul Mallatratt, who is joint administrator – along with Louise Freestone – of Bridgewood Financial Solutions said: “We are …

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Exclusively Shows launch gift voucher scheme

Co-located London trade shows Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical have teamed up the British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) to launch a joint initiative for 2019 called Exclusively Gift. The move follows the success of the Bira Bonus voucher programme, which was introduced in 2018 and founded by the Shows’ owner …

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‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’ is coming soon

‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer’ starts next Tuesday (March 5) at 8pm on Channel 4. A star-studded line-up from the worlds of acting, politics, comedy, sport and entertainment will compete across five 60-minute episodes in a bid to see who will be crowned Star Baker …

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