2009 Archive

BUDGET BEAUTY IS NO1 AS VASELINE TOPS POLL
- Superdrug research reveals the TOP 20 budget beauty buys -

The secret to a British woman's beauty is unveiled today (Friday, 2nd January) in the shape of the 20 products every woman couldn't bear to live without.

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KITCHEN TABLE – THE HEART OF THE HOME FOR 2009

As a nation we have fallen head over heels in love with real food again, and against this backdrop 2009 looks set to be the year when we celebrate food worth waiting for. We are rediscovering the pleasure to be gained from proper home-cooked meals, prepared from scratch with good-quality ingredients.

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Love 2 Love U at Selfridges


Love is in the air at Selfridges this Valentine’s Day with a selection of luxurious Champagne gifts and wines. Choose from the new Moet Rosé Coffret, the Dom Pérignon Rosé Love gift box and a limited edition Ruinart Champagne Coffret.

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SUPERDRUG PLANS TO SAVE SHOPPERS
WITH LAUNCH OF ‘SUPERPRICES’ COMMITMENT

-saving customers £36m a year with new price cuts -

Superdrug this week announces a new commitment to help customers save pounds off their everyday health and beauty needs. From Wednesday (21st January) Superdrug will rebrand all 900+ stores with new branding Superprices, we’ll SAVE you.

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THE GREAT BRITISH FEAST
- Sales of British food products soar -
- Sales of Tiptree jam increase by 20 %
- English wine sales increase by 20 %
- Sales of Paddington Marmite increased by 50%

Sales of British produced goods have shown a marked increase at Selfridges' stores in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

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EIGHTIES STYLE BACK IN VOGUE
Peacocks celebrates the return to eighties fashion with the launch of its £16 jump suit

It's official - the eighties are back!

Peacocks, the UK's leading value retailer is celebrating the return of 80's fashion as batwing tops and wet look leggings top the retailer's best sellers at its stores nationwide.

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Floral Fantasy

What’s spring without treating your wardrobe to a beautiful bouquet of floral print fashion?

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B&Q LAUNCHES ITS GREENEST EVER STORE
50 per cent less carbon emissions and the biggest range of One Planet Home products in London

It’s about to become even easier to make your home more beautiful and ease your conscience with the launch of B&Q’s latest store in New Malden which opens early in February this year.

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Add an Eggstra personal touch with home-made Easter treats

Easter is not far away and as most people are still watching the pennies why not look at other ways to spoil your loved ones this year? Whether you make your own treats to give as gifts or bake batches of goodies together over the Bank Holiday weekend, you’ll find your home-made offerings mean so much more than shop bought presents.

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HAIR RAISING TIMES FOR BROWN

Superdrug warns today that a much-feared sideline of the recession is on its way – creative male facial hair.

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THE ACCESSORY FACTOR
Peacocks celebrates 34 per cent increase in sales of accessories

Peacocks, the UK’s leading value retailer has reported a 34 per cent year on year increase in sales of accessories.

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Selfridges, Oxford Street celebrates 100 years

Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street will be 100 years old next Sunday, 15 March 2009. Celebrations will start on Friday 1 May and continue throughout the summer.

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B&Q LAUNCHES ITS GREENEST EVER STORE
50 per cent less carbon emissions and the biggest range of One Planet Home products in London

It’s about to become even easier to make your home more beautiful and ease your conscience with the launch of B&Q’s latest store in New Malden which opens early in February this year.

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Add an Eggstra personal touch with home-made Easter treats

Easter is not far away and as most people are still watching the pennies why not look at other ways to spoil your loved ones this year? Whether you make your own treats to give as gifts or bake batches of goodies together over the Bank Holiday weekend, you’ll find your home-made offerings mean so much more than shop bought presents.

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BLONDES MAY HAVE MORE FUN…
BUT BRUNETTES GET AHEAD IN THE WORK PLACE

A third of blondes have dyed their hair darker recently in a bid to be taken more seriously at work, according to a new study by Superdrug.

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Use Your Loaf!
- Love Food, Hate Waste, Save Money -

Man cannot live by bread alone, but you can make sure your favourite stays fresher for longer with these genius bags from Lakeland. Sliced, unsliced, rolls or batons, you’ll always enjoy the upper crust when you store them in one of these cotton and polythene lined bags. Test results have showed that, after one week, a family loaf still tasted as good as the day it was baked – could these be the best thing since sliced bread?

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B&Q’s CUSTOMERS ARE GROWING FOR BRITAIN

B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer, today reports statistics that confirm that Britons are turning to their back gardens and green spaces in the face of recession, showing that going green and saving money go hand in hand.

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BACK TO THE 1980’S – HERE COMES THE ‘SUN IN’

As Spandau Ballet gets ready to return to the stages of Britain, Superdrug is planning its own 1980’s revival by resurrecting Sun In; the archetypal 80’s hair product.

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B&Q LAUNCHES £5 MILLION EASTER PRICE INVESTMENT


B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement and garden centre retailer, announces that it will discount 1,000s of products from tomorrow (9 April 2009) to help customers beat the effects of the credit crunch this Easter.

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£2K BLING-KINI LAUNCHES AT SELFRIDGES

Pistol Panties’ Swarovski encrusted ‘Anita’ £2,000, exclusive to Selfridges

Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store is celebrating 33 per cent rise in swimwear sales (*) with the launch of a £2,000 bling-kini

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BAGS OF CENTENARY STYLE

British designers create exclusive carriers to celebrate Selfridges’ birthday

Leading department store Selfridges is to launch the UK’s first designer carrier bag in celebration of its 100thbirthday.

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BED-IT CRUNCH

Peacocks celebrates 30 per cent increase in lingerie sales with launch of ‘Bed-it Crunch’ boudoir collection

Peacocks’ Bed-it Crunch dress up lingerie collection £12

Peacocks, the UK’s leading value retailer is celebrating a 30 per cent increase in Valentine lingerie sales (compared to 2008) with the launch of its ‘Bed-it Crunch’ boudoir collection.

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BRITS GO FOR THE BURN IN THE BRITISH SUN
- research reveals parent's dangerous sun protection habits when holidaying at home -

Experts this bank holiday have warned parents to ensure their children are protected from the sun as the year of the great British holiday begins amid the recession.

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU TWEET
Sales of super luxury Blackberrys and mobile phones are up by 40 per cent at Selfridges

Limited Edition Blackberry £1,000 and Vertu phone £5,000, exclusive to Selfridges in celebration of its centenary

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ORGANIC SKINCARE RANGE LAUNCHES AT L’OCCITANE

L’Occitane the Provencal beauty brand renowned for natural beauty is delighted to announce the launch of its first ever organic skincare range. In the Mediterranean the olive tree symbolises peace, strength, fertility and longevity.

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Men avoid Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green’s bushy-hair look at Selfridges

Men are defying the Simon Cowell and Sir Philip Green look and upping their grooming ante with chest waxes and eyebrow shapes at Selfridges.

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Could this be the World's Hottest Chilli Sauce?
- only for the brave! -

‘The Source’, priced £100 from Selfridges
A chilli sauce 1420 times hotter than Tabasco and measuring 7.1 million on the Scoville scale is launching at Selfridges on 10th July 2009.

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RED HOT SALES WINNER FOR B&Q
- heat wave sees charcoal BBQ sales at B&Q rise -

The sizzling start to summer has seen B&Q advise customers that it has sold almost its entire summer’s stock of barbecues before the start of the school holidays.

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Home For Christmas

Staying in has become the new going out this year, and that looks set to continue right up until the festive season. Lakeland, the creative kitchenware retailer, presents its brand new collections for autumn and Christmas 2009 on this theme, and predicts two major trends for the rest of the year – ‘Home-cooked Autumnal Comforts’, making the most of the glut of seasonal and home-grown produce, and ‘Home for Christmas’, for the return to a magical, truly traditional Christmas.

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Sequins Of Style


Unleash your inner glitterati. Sequins have shimmied their way off the disco dance floor and straight to the forefront of new season fashion.

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“DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS?”
As the first male leggings go on sale, Selfridges launches an exclusive range of control pants for men


Equmen control trunks £37, exclusively at Selfridges
Leading department store Selfridges is set to launch Britain’s first range of control pants for men as the first wave of male leggings (AKA the “megging”) land in store.

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Hedgerow Harvest – Food for Free

Step out into the British countryside right now, and you’ll find woods and hedgerows laden with ripe, juicy offerings; so why not venture outdoors and make the most of nature’s bounty? Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware, has everything you’ll need to cook, bottle and preserve your gains, with their usual value-for-money, and backed up by their famous ‘no-quibble’ guarantee.

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THE 21ST CENTURY GOOD LIFE (ACCORDING TO JAMIE OLIVER)
- B&Q research reveals the Home Farmer revolution -

New research by B&Q to celebrate National Allotment Week (10th to 16th August) shows that recession hit Brits are going back to basics and embracing The Good Life with a third (33 per cent) confirming they are growing their own this summer.

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B&Q LAUNCHES SHOWROOM ACADEMY

As UK’s top retailers come together today at a Skillsmart Retail skills summit, B&Q announces the launch of its Showroom Academy, a training school designed to give its showroom employees even better product, service and design skills across kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, carpets, flooring and show room appliances. As more and more customers choose to improve their homes rather than move, B&Q is growing its showroom business and in May of this year announced an £18m showroom expansion plan.

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“MEN IN TIGHTS”
METROSEXUAL MANIA SWEEPS THE UK AS THE FIRST COLLECTION OF ‘MANTIHOSE’ LAUNCHES AT SELFRIDGES


‘Mantihose’ £70 by Unconditional, exclusive to Selfridges
Metrosexual mania shows no sign of slowing as Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store launches its first collection of male hosiery for autumn/winter 2009.

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BRITS GOING LASHTASTIC FOR HALLOWEEN
- record sales of false lashes predicted for Halloween

Superdrug is getting ready to be the nation’s first port of call for false lashes and spooky make-up this Halloween – selling an estimated 50,000 pairs of false lashes during Halloween week. In recent years 31st October has become a firm fixture on the beauty calendar for Brits, male and female, to go a little crazy and try something different to achieve the goulish glam look, for instance gothic black nails, blood red lipstick or a sweep of dramatic lashes.

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Easy As Apple Pie

For an easy autumn food treat, you can’t beat home-made apple pie, and these kitchen essentials from Lakeland will make it even easier - just add custard for an extra indulgent comfort food.

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B&Q TO PAY THE VAT ON GREEN GOODS TO HELP CUSTOMERS ENERGY SAVE THIS WINTER

B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer, announces an unprecedented move to help customers save money on energy saving products and their energy bills by launching a four day event to pay the VAT on a range of best selling energy products.

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PEARL LOWE FOR PEACOCKS SELLS OUT IN 30 MINUTES! 

It only took 30 minutes for Pearl Lowe’s collection of party dresses to sell out, after the collection went live on Peacocks’ website at 9am yesterday.

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B&Q INVESTS £30 MILLION IN BIGGEST EVER POWER AND HAND TOOLS EVENT
- up to 50 per cent off all power and hand tools and accessories -

B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement and garden centre retailer announces today the launch of an £30 million investment in power and hand tools to help customers get the right product at a fraction of the normal retail price, both in store and online this Christmas.     

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- THE DELIA EFFECT IS STOUT -

 

Waitrose announces today that it has seen its strongest sales ever of stout with figures up more than 25 per cent year on year and almost forty per cent week on week.  The supermarket is putting this down to the Delia Effect.

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“A CHRISTMAS TREE AND A SIDE OF FRIES PLEASE”
SELFRIDGES LAUNCHES UK’S FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE DRIVE-THROUGH

 

Leading department store Selfridges is to launch the UK’s first city centre Christmas tree drive-through at its London store, marking the first time real Christmas trees will be sold on Oxford Street.

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B&Q SEES MOTHER-IN-LAW EFFECT BOOST SALES OF WELCOME MATS AND LOO SEATS!

Christmas is coming and sales figures at B&Q show the nation is turning its attention to often over-looked areas of the home to impress friends and family.

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SALES OF RELIGIOUS ICONS SOAR AT SELFRIDGES AS CONSUMERS RETURN TO A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS


Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store, reports a growing trend for religious ornaments in the run up to Christmas.

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- CHRISTMAS PUDDING SAUSAGES -



Mixed spice and all things nice are the key ingredients to the new limited-edition Christmas pudding sausage from Waitrose, launching today (7 December 2009).

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- B&Q LAUNCHES BIGGEST EVER £190 MILLION JANUARY SALE AS CUSTOMERS GO BACK TO BLACK -

This year, B&Q is planning its biggest ever £190 million January sale event covering a wider range of products than ever before. During the year, the retailer has invested over £26 million in revamping its kitchen and bathroom showrooms and introducing brand new ranges including showers, furniture, new Cooke & Lewis bathroom and kitchen ranges, and an extended range of premium appliances with brands such as SMEG. It also launched a new Showroom Academy training over 4,000 show room employees to give even better product, service and design skills across kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, carpets, flooring and show room appliances so that customers can improve their homes with confidence and expert advice.

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