Tag Archives: Christmas

Christmas ‘kicks into full swing’ at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were up 2.6% last week (to Saturday November 16) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s finance director Ross Avery said: “Last week we launched our joint Christmas advert – Excitable Edgar – with [sister company] John Lewis with …

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John Lewis customers cosy up for Christmas

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 3.4% last week (to Saturday November 16) on the same week last year, but according to the department store group’s operations director Bérangère Michel: “Following the launch of the joint John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners Christmas advert [which …

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Rainy Day Trust Christmas auction launches on December 1

Bryan Clover, ceo of industry charity The Rainy Day Trust, put out an appeal earlier this month for businesses in the home improvement industry to donate lots for a special 12 Days of Christmas auction – and following a great response, the auction is ready to launch on Sunday December …

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Indesit encourages families to share Christmas chores

Research by Indesit has revealed that in the run-up to the festive season, the preparations for the big day are not being shared equally, with mums taking on the majority of Christmas tasks. In an online survey of 2,000 parents aged between 20-64 carried out between April 27 and May …

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Sainsbury’s unveils Christmas advert

Sainsbury’s unveiled its new Christmas advert on Tuesday (November 12). The commercial premiered in a primetime TV slot during soap opera ‘Emmerdale’ on ITV. The Dickensian themed advert focuses on the humble beginnings of a young boy called Nicholas 150 years ago. The supermarket chain said: ‘Depicting a Dickensian London, …

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John Lewis and Waitrose launch joint Christmas TV advert

In their first ever joint Christmas campaign, John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners have come together to create an advert which tells the story of a girl and her friendship with an young dragon. From 6am today (Thursday November 14), staff at both John Lewis and Waitrose were …

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Argos Christmas campaign celebrates ‘The Book of Dreams’

The Argos catalogue takes centre stage in the retailer’s Christmas TV advertising campaign. Argos said: ‘While the catalogue has been a firm fixture with British families for the last 46 years, it has been absent from our most significant annual TV advertisement for the past decade. ‘This year, however, the …

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From Kirstie and Jamie to Bake Off, Channel 4 reveals festive show schedule

Channel 4 has disclosed details of its Christmas programming schedule. Highlights include celebrity cook Jamie Oliver revealing his Christmas foodie tips, a double portion of festive themed Great British Bake Off, and Kirstie being Crafty. There will be special episodes of ‘Jamie’s Best Christmas Ever’ and ‘Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday …

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Christmas comes early as Brits look to battle Brexit blues

Christmas cheer is expected to come earlier than usual in households this year as Brits seek distraction from Brexit, turning to festive lights and decorations to lift their spirits. According to a survey commissioned by window and door manufacturer and installer Safestyle, one in 10 Brits say their Christmas decorations …

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John Lewis shoppers prep for Christmas ‘earlier than ever’

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were down 10.4% last week (to Saturday November 2) on the same week last year, as the department store group annualised against competitor promotions. Customer director Craig Inglis commented: “Home sales were down 14.1%. However, customers are decorating their homes and preparing for …

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