Dacombes of Wimborne enjoys official opening for

new destination store O

n Saturday January 28, the Mayor of Wimborne and officials from the Wimborne Minster Chamber of Trade, the Wimborne

BID and VIP guests were treated to champagne and canapes at the new showroom launch as Dacombes of Wimborne unveiled a brand new destination store. The electrical retailer opened the doors and hosted the official launch for all customers at the new destination premises on Leigh Road, supported by its national suppliers. Dacombes of Wimborne is an official stockist for NEFF, Samsung, Bosch, Panasonic, Liebherr and Dyson. All of the appliances are now laid out in their own areas of the store and the retailer has announced that it is offering a wider range of home appliances, white goods, AV, televisions and home electrical items than ever before. For the first time, Dacombes will also be offering a bespoke fitted kitchen service. The new kitchen area, also located on the ground floor, has made to

measure kitchens in association with locally based MK Interiors, with a team of four specialist staff on site to design and create bespoke solutions. Mayor of Wimborne Cllr Sue Cook said: “Today has proved that there

is still room for a long-established family enterprise such as Dacombes to work successfully alongside the more recent retail additions to the town. This is a classic example of why Wimborne Minster continues to thrive and is a jewel in the crown of East Dorset, and I wish the Dacombes team continued success in their new premises.” Dacombes managing director Matt Renaut added: “Retail is changing, and with this in mind we have created our brand new destination shop and showroom with fully trained staff and advisors on hand to help each and every customer. “The new showroom is spacious and offers several different areas which showcase our range of products and offer an improved customer experience and service. Everyone will be made to feel very welcome and you can purchase everything from televisions, radios, dishwashers, parts and even a lightbulb.”

GfK: UK consumer economic expectations drop, but propensity to buy remains strong G

fK has revealed the findings of its latest consumer climate study. Overall, consumer confidence in Europe experienced

very positive growth in the fourth quarter of 2016. The GfK consumer climate for the 28 EU countries rose by 5.6 points to 17.9 points in December, its highest value since January 2008. After temporarily dropping to their lowest level in four years (-28.2 points) in July following the Brexit vote, the economic expectations of British consumers initially stabilised at the end of the third quarter. However, the indicator fell again by 9.8 points between September

and December, ending the year at -11.6 points. This is 28.2 points lower than at the same time in the previous year. It appears as if British consumers expect their country's economy

to decline in the coming months due to the vote in favour of Brexit, GfK notes. So far, however, Britain's promised departure from the EU has not had any perceptible impact on its economic strength, with its

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Amica moves sales, marketing and service to Nottinghamshire


ollowing Amica’s acquisition of CDA in December 2015, the Amica UK business has been successfully transferred to CDA’s

facility in Langar, Nottinghamshire with effect from January 2017, the company has announced. Amica’s sales, marketing, and customer service operations, along with the UK’s stock holding, have been relocated. David Vincent remains as national account manager and is joined by Steve Stroud, formerly of Samsung and then Viking Appliances, as the national account manager for distribution. Amica and CDA marketing will be headed by Steve Corbett. Managing director Simon Emmons commented: “Acquiring

CDA delivered some palpable economies of scale for Amica and provides the perfect infrastructure from which to develop and grow the brand. Amica customers have been reassured by the speedy unification and are very excited about the new opportunities in this next evolutionary stage for the brand. In the next few months we will be announcing new products, compelling promotions, launching a brand-new brochure and opening the brand new Amica head office showroom.”

gross domestic product growing by 2.2% in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same time in the previous year. At the other end of the spectrum, income expectations rose by 13.2 points in the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching 3.2 points at the end of the year. This nevertheless represents a drop of 3.4 points compared with the figure recorded at the end of 2015, GfK adds. However, it is a reverse of the negative trend seen over the summer in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote. This indicator has also been positively influenced by the low unemployment rate, which currently stands at 4.8% – the lowest value since the third quarter of 2005. Despite the negative economic developments, the propensity to buy of the British increased by 8.8 points to 15.5 points in the fourth quarter of the year. This means that the overall trend remains positive, as in December the indicator stood at around five points higher than at the same time in 2015.

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