Tag Archives: Christmas

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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M&S announces glitter-free Christmas cards and wrap

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has removed glitter from its entire Christmas celebration range this year, including greeting cards, wrapping paper, tags, gift bags, calendars and crackers. All designs which previously featured glitter are now widely recyclable and have been replaced with paper patterns or minimal foils. The move represents the …

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Selfridges takes Christmas into a ‘future fantasy’ realm

Selfridges is ‘going into a futuristic vision of Christmas’ for its 2019 theme: Future Fantasy. The department store group said that this year it is ‘rethinking traditional, beloved festive stories and retelling tales as old as time, but through a modern lens. Product drops in as if by magic in …

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Waitrose launches golden avocados for Christmas

Waitrose & Partners’ hit Easter treat, the Chocolate Avocado, is making its first appearance at Christmas this year, with the sell-out confection being given a sparkly seasonal makeover. The Chocolate Avocado became the supermarket chain’s fastest selling own-brand Easter egg ever in 2018. Although the sweet treat is shaped like …

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A sneak peek of Asda’s 2019 Christmas range

Asda has unveiled an exclusive look at some of its anticipated Christmas products for this year. The supermarket chain said: ‘This festive season will be all about opulence, inclusivity and adding a touch of novelty to the yuletide celebration. Despite the humid weather and summer sun, retailers are underway producing …

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Strong Christmas sales results for ProCook

Housewares specialist chain ProCook has reported headline sales growth of 21% for the six weeks of peak trading leading up to December 31. The company said the result was driven by a 26% increase in online sales and 16% lift in retail sales during the period (which incorporates Black Friday, …

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Waitrose sales ‘in line with expectations’ over festive fortnight

The sales performance for Waitrose & Partners for the weeks ending December 22 and December 29 was “in line with expectations,” according to the supermarket chain’s director of shop trading Mark Gifford. He said: “As always at this time of year, our sales figures are heavily distorted by the fall …

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Gift, Cook and Dine weekly sales up 25% at John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis & Partners for last week (to Saturday December 29) were up 4.5% on last year, with ‘very strong sales’ on Christmas Eve and ‘a confident start’ to Clearance sales, both online and in shops. The department store group’s Head of Shop Trade for Scotland & …

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Amazon unwraps the nation’s last minute Christmas Eve purchases

As the festive period approaches, Amazon has revealed the late purchases made on Christmas Eve 2017 via its Prime Now delivery service, that allows customers in selected postcodes to order as late as 10pm on Christmas Eve 2018 for same-day delivery. Food items including Morrisons Christmas pudding, Morrisons Wensleydale with …

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Home sales down 7.3% at John Lewis

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 5.1% last week (to Saturday December 8). The department store group’s director of shop trade Maggie Porteous said this figure “was partly due to a reduction in promotional activity compared to the same period last year”. She added: “Home sales were …

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