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Christmas sales boost for John Lewis

John Lewis has shrugged off last week's profits slump to announce sales of its Christmas products were showing an 11.3% week-on-week increase. 
25 November 2008

John Lewis sales figures show further fall

John Lewis sales figures plunged by 14% last week fueling fears cash conscience customers are trading down from the high-end stores due to the economic turn down. 
21 November 2008

M&S goes international

Marks & Spencer has launched an international delivery service giving potentially millions of customers access to its home accessories range through the internet. 
18 November 2008

Sainsbury's profits up 13.3% as firm announces push on homewares

Sainsbury's has, as the financial market widely predicted, announced pre-tax profits were up 13.3% to £272m. The supermarket now plans to increase the availability of its new 2,000-strong homeware line 'TU Home' launched in April this year. 
12 November 2008

Garden centre speaker for Housewares Conference

With DIY and garden retailers constantly evolving and adapting their businesses, many have looked to housewares as a way of diversifying and capturing more consumer spend. To this end, The Housewares Conference is thrilled to be able to address the subject head on at this year's conference. 
15 February 2008

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With a mixed bag of reports on consumer confidence and figures at odds with actual sales, what are you seeing in terms of customer sentiment?



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