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John Lewis said warm weather and its new store in York (pictured) propelled sales growth last week.

Warm weather and Easter holidays propel sales at John Lewis and Waitrose

John Lewis said warm weather and its new store in York propelled sales growth of 13% last week.

March retail sales fell 1.7 per cent on a like-for-like basis against a 1.9 per cent increase last year when Easter fell earlier on in the year.

March retail like-for-likes fall 1.7% due to tough Easter comparatives

March retail sales fell 1.7% on a like-for-like basis due to the timing of Easter, which falls later this year.

Inflation fell to 1.6 per cent, down from 1.7 per cent in February and the third consecutive month it has been below the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target.

Inflation drops below 2% target for third consecutive month

Inflation fell to 1.6% in March, down from 1.7% in February and the third consecutive month it has been below the Bank of England’s 2% target.

Homebase has signed a three year contract with data firm Sky IQ to help the retailer better understand the impact of its TV advertising.

Homebase to use TV-watching data to time and target its ads

Homebase has signed a three-year contract with data firm Sky IQ to help the retailer better understand the impact of its TV advertising.

The etailer plans to grow sales to more than £50 in the next four years.

Sir Stuart Rose chaired etailer Soak & Sleep to tap into Australian market

Soak & Sleep, the bed and bath etailer chaired by Sir Stuart Rose, is to expand overseas for the first time and introduce new product categories as part of its growth plans.

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