Tag Archives: Christmas

Stars confirmed for ‘Come Dine With Me’ celebrity Christmas special

A celebrity version of cookery series ‘Come Dine With Me’ will return to our screens this festive season. ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ is a new commission for E4, which has ordered 25 30-minute episodes from producers MultiStory Media, part of ITV Studios. The series kicks off with a Christmas …

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John Lewis charts Christmas decorating trends

This week is when most UK households are expected to shop for Christmas trees and decorations, according to John Lewis & Partners. Research from the department store group published yesterday (Monday, December 2) reveals that in December 2009 – when George Michael had a hit with ‘December Song (I Dreamed …

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Shoppers’ enthusiasm for Black Friday confounds expectations

Retail intelligence company Springboard today (Monday December 2) announced that Black Friday saw a rise in footfall of +3.3% compared with 2018. Shopper numbers increased in all three destination types (shopping centres, high streets and retail parks) with shopping centres faring the best, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% …

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Nearly a quarter of small businesses say they ‘will close’ if they have a below average Christmas trading season

A new study from Notonthehighstreet has revealed that nearly a quarter (22%) of smaller businesses say they ‘will close in the next 12 months’ if they have a ‘below average’ Christmas trading season, with nearly one in 10 (8%) saying they would shut up shop in a matter of weeks. …

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John Lewis weekly sales down 43.3%

Total sales were down 43.3% at John Lewis & Partners last week (to Saturday November 23) but according to the department store group’s trading director Simon Coble, “our performance exceeded expectations with the scheduled launch of Black Friday deals towards the end of the week. Sales were up 30% compared …

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Waitrose shoppers get into the Christmas spirit

Total sales excluding fuel were down 1.3% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday November 23) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket group’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “Customers are already entering into the Christmas spirit and preparing for lots of feasting with Christmas …

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Which? warns of online Christmas delivery disasters

More than half of online shoppers experienced a delivery disaster or had at least one delivery that did not go as planned last Christmas, new research from Which? has found. In an online survey carried out by Populus between February 1 and February 3 2019 of 2,071 UK adults, Which? …

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Debenhams recruits 7,000 staff for Christmas

Debenhams has filled 7,000 Christmas jobs across its 165 UK stores ‘to help give the best customer service possible at Christmas’. The department store group is also mobilising volunteers from its central functions, with 500 people from its London HQ going out to their local stores to help over the …

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Fleur East teams up with Debenhams for Christmas advert

Department store group Debenhams has launched its 2019 Christmas campaign, which focuses on thoughtful gifting for all the family and features ‘The X Factor’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here’ star Fleur East, who also provides the soundtrack with her new single ‘Size’. The two Christmas adverts …

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Mintel forecasts a steady retail growth for Christmas

Despite a particularly tough year, Mintel forecasts some Christmas cheer for Britain’s retailers. Latest data from the market research firm predicts that December’s retail sales will reach £48.7 billion, growing 3.8% compared with last December when sales hit £46.9 billion. Sales through non-food retailers this December are expected to reach …

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