2010 Archive

What do Grandmas, Paddington Bear and the Royal Wedding have in common?

Waitrose predicts they will all influence what the nation will dish up in 2011

On the eve of the new year, Waitrose unites Grandparents, Scandinavians, Peruvians and the upcoming Royal wedding as the food influencers for Britain in 2011.

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It’s a Merry Sherry Christmas!

Sherry and port are enjoying a revival as drinkers turn to the traditional tipples for their high quality and affordable prices - and their new found fashionable image.

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The Sale to DIY For!
B&Q launches biggest and earliest ever January sale

The UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer B&Q is to unveil its biggest ever January sale across a wider range of products than ever before. Customers will also be able to pick up bargain discounts of up to 75% earlier than ever when the sale launches on Friday December 17th across all B&Q stores and online.

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SUPERDRUG INVESTS £3M INTO EASING COST OF VAT RISE
- retailer to ‘pay the VAT rise’ on everyday products for customers –

January will see Superdrug ease the cost of everyday shopping by absorbing the VAT rise on all its own brand beauty, toiletries and household products.

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LUXURY PURCHASES HELP WAITROSE SALES POWER AHEAD
- record-breaking sales on Sunday 5 December-


As the cold weather eased in some parts of the country, customers’ attention turned in earnest to Christmas preparations driving total sales of £113 million for the week ended Saturday 11 December 2010.

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Lakeland’s Top Tips for Spring/Summer 2011
Bakeware sales continue to expand at Lakeland

There’s no denying that we’re all still firmly in the grasp of a difficult economic climate, and one that looks set to remain with us for the foreseeable future. However, here at Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware, it’s not all doom and gloom – far from it in fact. Over the last two years, our sales in bakeware have more than doubled, and we’ve also seen significant growth in areas such as preserving and cake decorating. So how has Lakeland been able to successfully buck the trend?

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A TRUE MATE FOR OVENS …
Is top seller for Lakeland

As the festive season approaches many start to think about preparing the home for entertaining which includes giving ovens a deep clean. Lakeland customers certainly know how to look after theirs, as the retailer reports they have sold enough Oven Mate to clean nearly ¾ million ovens. The product, which regularly features in the top sellers list, is considered a miracle worker by many including Which? who voted it top oven cleaner earlier this year. Good Housekeeping Institute have also given it their seal of approval.

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TINSEL MAKES A COME BACK –

SALES DOUBLE IN 3 YRS


While once considered by some to be tacky, tinsel is back with a vengeance. New sales data from B&Q show that sales of tinsel have more than doubled since 2007 and this year demand is expected to hit record levels.

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WAITROSE STIRS UP STRONG SALES AS CUSTOMERS PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS


Waitrose has announced sales of over £98m for the week ending Saturday 20th November (including petrol) . This is 8% up on the same week last year.

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HO! HO! HO!
SELFRIDGES GROTTO OPENS
(WITH RECORD TICKET SALES)


The long wait for Santa is finally over, as Selfridges’ Grotto opens with record ticket sales, backing this year’s big return to a traditional Christmas

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Waitrose unveils NEW Heston Blumenthal range

Waitrose, Britain’s best loved supermarket* has been working with Britain’s top chef, Heston Blumenthal to develop an exciting new range of imaginative and extraordinary products.

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You Can Do It.
- B&Q pledges to fill the skills gap with DIY classes for all ages -

• Over one third (33.6%) of under-35s admit to using skills passed down from their grandparents*

• 66% of homeowners have unfinished DIY jobs around the house, with over half saying they don't know how to complete them

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SUPERDRUG ANNOUNCES FACE OF AUTUMN TV CAMPAIGN

Superdrug recently announced its plans to return to TV with the launch of its first major TV Ad campaign for ten years.

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B&Q HITS THE CATWALK
The fashion world gets 'shedded' at London Fashion Week with Forest Friendly Fashion


As London Fashion Week’s designers are busy making last minute alterations to their collections, B&Q announces its surprise arrival to the world of fashion. A range of 'Forest Friendly' sheds will be on show on the Terrace of Somerset House where they will be used to showcase Britain's best up and coming fashion talent as part of TheExhibition at London Fashion Week.

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LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED
From Green Pigs to Ladder Climbing Sheep - Innovative installations aim to make it easier to go green

B&Q, the UK’s leading home improvement and garden centre retailer today unveiled its innovative installations and Green Piggybank to support Start at A Garden Party To Make A Difference taking place from 8-19 September.

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THE CORE OF TRUTH
-It’s official – the start of the English apple season is upon us -

Whilst there are question marks as to whether the end of the summer is nigh it is with certainty that Waitrose announce the start of the English apple season.

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AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE WRINKLES AT BAY
- Favoured by Michelle Obama and Helen Mirren, Superdrug makes the latest anti-ageing ingredient accessible to the British nation –

Superdrug has given the term ‘an apple a day’ a new meaning with the launch of its revolutionary new anti-ageing Swiss Apple Overnight Skin Renewal Serum. Heralded by the cosmetic industry as the latest hero ingredient discovered to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, Superdrug’s new serum, containing Apple Stem Cell Extract, is set to become a leader in the mass anti-ageing market.

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iDIY
- B&Q makes it easier for customers to get the job done with the launch of its first App -


New ways to make home improvement jobs easier are always popular with DIY fans. From the Dulux paintpod which has changed the way we decorate, to electronic measures and power tools, now the UK’s leading home improvement retailer is ready to launch the hottest new tool that you keep in your pocket rather than your tool box – the B&Q DIY App.

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SUPERDRUG ANNOUNCES END TO
CHARGES ON PRIVATE PRESCRIPTIONS
- Superdrug to save Brits millions with end to marking up on private prescriptions -

Today, Tuesday 3 August 2010, Superdrug announces a commitment to dispense all privately prescribed prescriptions with no mark up on the cost of the medicine.

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FROM INSPIRATION TO PASTEURISATION
Waitrose unveil Tetilla…with a full frontal on the cheese counter!


Since ancient times the female form has been a source of artistic inspiration. Homage was recently paid to German model Claudia Schiffer’s bosom in the form of a breast shaped bowl.* The female form is seen each day on the pages of one of the nation’s favourite daily newspapers and it’s even inspired cheese makers!

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FURNISHING YOUR HOME JUST GOT FAIRER

B&Q announces today (28 July 2010) that it will be selling its first Fairtrade products in store this year. From August 2010, B&Q will sell a range of Fairtrade cotton bedding in 100 stores. 2010 is an important milestone as it marks the fifth year anniversary of the introduction of Fairtrade cotton into the UK market.

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PEARL LOWE FOR PEACOCKS AUTUMN 2010

 

Pearl Lowe brings vintage back to the high street with the launch of her new autumn 2010 collection

“Pearl Lowe for Peacocks” autumn 2010, exclusively at Peacocks
Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer announces the launch of Pearl Lowe’s vintage inspired autumn collection.

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Waitrose To Launch Chef Heston Blumenthal’s Product Range

Waitrose has been working with Heston Blumenthal to develop an exciting new range of products to be launched in October 2010.

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NEW KIDULT ON THE BLOCK

Selfridges to launch world’s first official LEGO™ jewellery collection as part of its Play themed Christmas offer

Lego™ rings by PNKY £50, launching exclusively at Selfridges

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Festival Fever Grips Brits

With the UK’s biggest festival kicking off this week, the UK’s leading home improvement retailer is on hand to help those making the trip to Worthy Farm and the many other festivals this summer by stocking up its stores with its new camping essentials.

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THE CHEL-NETT EFFECT
- Cheryl Cole introduces her exclusive new hairspray to Superdrug’s shelves -

Lady of the moment Cheryl Cole has added another accolade to add to her burgeoning career of music, TV and products – queen of hairspray.

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FOOTIE BUTTY.
WAITROSE SELL FOOTIE BUTTY – A TASTY ELEVEN LAYER SANDWICH


Football is hungry work - even for the spectators. According to news reports*, watching a World Cup match on TV can burn up to 740 calories. With this in mind, the Clerkenwell (London) branch of Waitrose is making a special sandwich for its World Cup watching shoppers and they’re calling it The Football Club Sandwich.

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AN OLD MADEIRA M’DEAR?

100-YEAR-OLD MADEIRA ON SALE AT WAITROSE

 

Oscar Wilde famously wrote, "One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything." Thankfully the same is not true of an aged Madeira, which comes into its own as the years pass by.

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HOT TUB VS GREENHOUSE?
THE CHANGING FACE OF BRITISH GARDENS
- new B&Q / YouGOV research on Brits outdoor habits -

The spring sunshine has given Brits something to think about other than the election – enjoying the great outdoors this summer. YouGov recently took time out from political polls to question 3000 Brits on what they’d most like to add to their garden this summer.

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PEARL LOWE FOR PEACOCKS LAUNCH SPRING 2010

Pearl Lowe launches her second collection for Peacocks, inspired by the English countryside and family life in Somerset at the Limewood hotel in the New Forest

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A shade darker!
- B&Q sees trend in paint shades of yesteryear -

Move over magnolia our homes just got a personality. With people staying put rather than selling up, bold, dramatic hues that evoke the glamorous sophistication of the 1930s have become the new trend.

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OLDER GARDENERS LEAVE YOUNGSTERS IN THE SHADE
- basic plant names leave young British gardeners stumped -

Unaware young Brits know little about the flowers and plants growing in their garden, it’s revealed in research commissioned by B&Q, Britain’s number one garden centre.

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THE SAM CAM EFFECT
SAM CAM CANVAS(ES) FOR SENSIBLE FOOTWEAR, CAUSING SNEAKER BOOM ACROSS THE UK

Sam Cam canvassing in canvas sneakers
Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer reports a surge in sales of its £10 canvas sneaker as British women back the sensible style of Samantha Cameron, who exchanged stilettos for sneakers whilst canvassing for husband David.

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PEACOCKS AIMS TO BE NUMBER ONE VALUE - -FASHION RETAILER WITH LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE

Peacocks further strengthens its aim to be the UK’s number one value fashion retailer following major investment in a brand new website which aims to offer customers an unrivalled online shopping experience.

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BLOKE BEAUTY
- Superdrug unzips what's in the manity bag-

Superdrug unzips what men are hiding in their man bags and manity cases – with an illuminating view of how blokes are adapting to the world of male grooming. Sales figures show that the most popular buys in the top five include eye roll on, moustache and beard hair dye gel and hair colourant when previously it would have just been deodorant.

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DEVOTED TO DIY THIS EASTER
- survey shows more Brits plan to sand walls than build sandcastles this Easter -

It seems DIY really has become an Easter institution alongside eating too much chocolate and big family lunches. Research carried out by B&Q, the UK’s largest home improvement and garden centre retailer, has found that more of us will be making a trip to a DIY or garden centre than taking a trip to the park or seaside this Easter.

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BRITS GO CHOCOLATE BROWN THIS EASTER
- fake tan sales rocket as wet weather and Easter holidays collide -

Thursday 1st April is set to be renamed Tanned Thursday as Superdrug sales show customers are getting set to tan up in suitably seasonal shades of chocolate before the bank holiday weekend.

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Waitrose exclusively presents Pineberries:
set to be cream of the summer crop

Today (Wednesday 31st March) Waitrose launches pineberries - a Alice in Wonderland-style fruit.

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SELFRIDGES’ SALES OF FAKE TAN RISE BY 80 PER CENT AS UK PREDICTS A HEATWAVE THIS SUMMER.

Selfridges, home to the largest beauty hall in the world, reports 80 per cent uplift in sales of fake tan across all stores in advance of what papers report will be the UK's hottest summer since 1976.

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THE TEN POUND CHLOE INSPIRED SATCHEL

PEACOCKS’ CHLOE INSPIRED SATCHEL INSTANT BEST SELLER

Peacocks, the UK’s hottest value fashion retailer declares this spring the season of the satchel, after its £10 Chloe inspired satchel sold out in less than a week after landing in stores nationwide.

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BLACK GARLIC…THIS SEASON’S LITTLE BLACK DRESS OF THE FOOD WORLD!

The Jeju Aged Black Garlic, £5.49, exclusive to Selfridges

Every woman knows that a wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without the essential little black dress, and in the same vain, every kitchen cupboard should be stocked with this season’s ‘it’ ingredient – little black garlic – available exclusively at Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store.

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- Hot Choc Bun -
Waitrose launch chocolate hot cross bun for Easter

According to English folklore, keeping a hot cross bun from one Good Friday to the following year is supposed to bring good luck – and best of all it won’t spoil or become mouldy. But, with the launch of Waitrose’s new chocolate chunk bun we doubt it will last an entire year without somebody taking a bite…or two.

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-B&Q and Virgin Money bring you the best paid day of your life -

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and Euan Sutherland, CEO of Kingfisher UK and B&Q have joined forces with the Prince of Wales’ new Start initiative by putting the finishing touches to insulating one lucky Londoners home.

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-PETER ANDRE LAUNCHES HIS FRAGRANCE, UNCONDITIONAL -

PETER ANDRE MAKES A PERSONAL APPEARANCE AT SELFRIDGES LONDON

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-The cashmere collection that’s top for bottoms -
Waitrose launches toilet tissue with cashmere

According to recent economic figures the recession has bottomed out, but the experts still agree that we’re not out of the woods yet. In times of economic hardship it’s the little luxuries that put a smile on your face so with this in mind, Waitrose has launched a unique toilet tissue with cashmere extracts! The super soft cashmere loo roll is part of a new range, which includes jojoba (also unique to Waitrose) and aloe vera, all rolling into branches this month.

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MANITY CASE
- Forget the metrosexual here comes the PREENERS. New research state men are spending more time grooming than women -

Men spend longer getting ready to go out than women, it was revealed today (Tuesday, 9th February).

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-D.I.Y Sushi From Waitrose -

In Japan, sushi is traditionally eaten when the rice is slightly warm and the raw fish is chilled. With the launch of this exciting Taiko Make Your Own Sushi, exclusive to Waitrose, you can now experience authentic sushi at home or in the office. This set combines the fun of ‘do-it-yourself’ food with the real taste of sushi.

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-THE POWER OF RED
Red lipstick sales soar at Selfridges as women use it to boost their confidence post recession -

Red lips are back in Vogue and number one on the lip charts. Having identified "the lipstick factor," Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store, reports a rise in red lipstick sales as British women look to boost their confidence.

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-TOO HOT TO HIDE -

The trend for ‘innerwear as outerwear’ continues to grow as sales of luxury sheer bodies and nipple covers soar at Selfridges

Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store reveals its female customers are no longer hiding their lingerie underneath clothing, as a soar in sales of luxury sheer bodies marks a 20 per cent increase in sales of nipple covers.

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B&Q SUPPORTS NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK 2010

B&Q set to double its intake of Apprentices for 2010

National Apprenticeship Week takes place next week from Monday 1st to Friday 5th February. The week, which is organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) celebrates the talents and skills of apprentices and will see apprentices, employers, providers and all those involved with apprenticeship programmes come together to celebrate the value of apprentices, a scheme B&Q fully supports.

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-TOP 10 MOST FAMOUS KISSING MOMENTS OF THE NOUGHTIES -

As the next decade begins, Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store presents the best kissing moments of the noughties, and predicts the next iconic pecking scenes of the ‘twenty tens’, just in time for its ‘Kissing Booth’* launch for Valentines Day.

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- Selfridges Launch Aphrodisiac Tea -

 

Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store is launching an aphrodisiac tea ahead of Valentine’s Day.

The Love Potion Tea Blend (priced at £11 per 100g) has been created by tea blenders ‘Blends for Friends’ using an exclusive recipe adding jasmine silver needle white tea, pink rosebuds and sweet orange flowers, proved to increase sex drive with a delicate sensual taste to drive your love one wild, sip by sip.

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- ALAN TITCHMARSH TO B&Q IT -

Let’s Get Gardening as 36 per cent of us are set to grow our own

2009 was the year that Britons turned to their back gardens and green spaces in the face of recession; growing your own and spending more time in the garden became cool. GIY became the new DIY and this year B&Q is, with the help of Britain’s number one gardener, Alan Titchmarsh predicting that green will continue to be the new black, and together will be helping the nation to develop green fingered know how.

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- Must-Have For Keeping Warm Back In Stores -

As the big freeze makes Britons shiver, and the weathermen describe it as ‘'the worst continuous spell of severe weather in 20 years’, Lakeland has news to help its customers keep warm without turning up the heating - the best-selling Slanket® is back for 2010.

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- YOU ARE BEING SERVED…AGAIN -

Selfridges re-creates Are You Being Served? in a one-off charity sale in honour of the late Wendy Richard MBE

Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store is to re-create Are You Being Served? as memorabilia belonging to the late Wendy Richard MBE is to be sold in aid of Lady Taveners charity.

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- A HAM AND A LEG -

World’s most expensive ham – Albarragena Jamon Iberico de Bellota - goes on sale at Selfridges

The Albarragena Jamon Iberico de Bellota Ham, £1,800, exclusive to Selfridges

Selfridges, the UK’s leading department store announces the launch of the world’s most expensive leg of ham in its Oxford Street food hall.

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BODY ART – THE NEW JEWELLERY?

SELFRIDGES EXCLUSIVELY LAUNCHES CHANEL TATTOOS AS BODY ART BECOMES THE NEW EMERGING TREND

Selfridges, home to the largest beauty hall in the world, will be exclusively launching Chanel transfer tattoos, tapping in to the new emerging trend for body art. The tattoos, depicting flowers, beads and bangles with Chanel’s signature logo, were first seen at the Chanel Spring / Summer 2010 catwalk show and will be launched in the Selfridges stores in March.

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