Tag Archives: Christmas

Wet weather impacts weekly sales at Waitrose

Total sales for Waitrose & Partners excluding fuel were down 4.2% last week (to Saturday November 2) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s commercial director Rupert Thomas commented: “Last week’s wet weather impacted sales, as well as promotional activity running on different weeks year-on-year. “Bacon butties …

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Christmas bakery sales up at Waitrose

Total sales excluding fuel were down 0.2% at Waitrose & Partners last week (to Saturday October 26) compared with the same week last year. “However, we still saw good sales growth in some categories,” said the supermarket chain’s customer director Martin George. “Supported by strong promotional activity, including our recently …

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Lakeland shares its top 10 Christmas best sellers

Lakeland has revealed is current Yuletide best sellers. Described as ‘the very best of Christmas 2019’, the housewares chain said: ‘Here are all the festive items you have been loving this year’: 1.Bethlehem Advent Stable (£69.99) A wooden stable with four doors (that includes a nativity figure behind each door) …

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John Lewis Partnership to stop selling crackers with plastic toys inside

John Lewis Partnership (JLP), which operates department store group John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners, has announced that this will be the last Christmas when it sells Christmas crackers with plastic toys inside. Instead, crackers will be filled with toys made from recyclable materials such as …

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Waitrose shoppers prepare for Halloween parties and Christmas

Total sales excluding fuel at Waitrose & Partners were 1.2% lower last week (to Saturday October 19) than the same week last year. The supermarket multiple’s supply chain director Wim Van Aalst said: “The very wet weather prompted a boost of warming foods such as ready meals. “Many [shoppers] have …

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John Lewis shoppers get into the Christmas spirit

Total sales at John Lewis & Partners were up 11.9% last week (to Saturday October 12) on the same week last year. The department store group’s electricals & home technology buyer director Laurence Mitchell said: “Customers purchased new season items due to cooler weather and enjoyed shopping promotional events across …

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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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