News Poor sales and footfall figures for June

UK retail sales in June were the worst on record, as retailers struggled to compete with last year’s performance, due to weather and the World Cup. This is according to the latest BRC-KPMG Retail Sales

Monitor, covering the four weeks from 26 May to 29 June 2019, which saw total sales decrease by 1.3 per cent compared to an increase of 2.3 per cent in June last year. This decline drags the three-month average into a decline of 0.1 per cent and the 12-month average to an increase of 0.6 per cent – the lowest since BRC–KPMG records began in December 1995. Broken down by category, Household Appliances was ranked the fourth-best category in June in terms of total sales. In May, this was the top performing category. “June sales could not compete with last year’s


scorching weather and World Cup, leading to the worst June on record,” said Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “Sales of TVs were down, with fewer impulse purchases being made. Overall, the picture is bleak: rising

People News Sound United’s UK General

Manager, Jason Dear, will be stepping down on 6 September 2019 “to accept a new challenge”. In 2006, Mr Dear started as General Manager of Marantz UK, before taking on responsibility for the other Sound United brands and heading up the company as a whole.

A statement went out to colleagues at the end of June, which said: “We appreciate Jason’s contribution and all his efforts and thank him for his dedication. During his period with Sound United he built up a strong UK sales organisation.

The business will also recruit an Assistant Commercial Manager to support Paul Bartlett in his role as the new Commercial Manager.

real wages have failed to translate into higher spending as ongoing Brexit uncertainty led consumers to put off non- essential purchases.”

Summer slump for UK footfall Meanwhile, High Street footfall across the UK declined by 4.5 per cent in the same period in June. In addition, retail Park footfall increased by 0.1 per cent and shopping centre footfall declined by 2.4 per cent, although not as bad as last year’s decline of 3.4 per cent. Ms Dickinson commented: “High streets and shopping

centres across the country need to invest in improving their consumer experience if they wish to see these footfall numbers reverse. Unfortunately, high business rates, as well as a raft of other public policy costs, mean there is little left over to spend on these improvements. “If the Government wants to see more investment on the high street then they must reform the broken business rates system and give fi rms the means to make the necessary improvements.”

Gorenje has appointed Lisa Davidson as its new Senior National Account Manager.

She joins the company after it was acquired by Hisense in 2018. Her previous experience includes four years at Miele as a National Account Manager and selling premium white goods to major UK retailers.

Ms Davidson commented: “I am thrilled to join the Gorenje team and I am looking forward to growing and developing the brand and working in close partnership with national retailers across the UK. “I believe that there is a gap in the appliance market for premium, design and feature-led brands and I’m confi dent that Gorenje will continue to develop and grow into a major player in the UK appliance market.”

Electrolux has appointed Chris Ibbitson as its new Channel Head for its Housebuilder’s and Contracts team.

He joins Electrolux to further develop the brand’s contract channel strategy across housebuilder, projects and distribution as well as support the growth of Zanussi, Electrolux and AEG brands, following a successful H1. Gordon Dawson, UK Head of Head of Kitchen Retail and Contracts for Electrolux, said: “As part of our UK strategy we’re continuing to focus heavily on the housebuilder market. We’ve also made a signifi cant investment into the UK aftersales and technical support team. This includes a multimillion pound investment in IT infrastructure, and over 60 new staff at our UK contact centre.”

BSH Hausgerä te appoints new CEO

BSH Hausgerä te announced that Dr. Karsten Ottenberg left the company at the end of June and Uwe Raschke (pictured) has been appointed as the new CEO. Mr Ottenberg was in the role at BSH since 2013 and he left the company on his own request for personal reasons. Mr Ottenberg said: “Over the past six years, we have successfully turned

BSH into a consumer-centered company whose smart combinations of innovative hardware, software, and services improve people’s quality of life worldwide. I am leaving the company for personal reasons and with the peace of mind that BSH is excellently positioned to go from strength to strength in the future.” Prof. Stefan Asenkerschbaumer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of

Entries close soon for ESF’s Safety Innovation Award

Entries are open for Electrical Safety First’s Safety Innovation Award, and the closing date is Friday 30 August.

The Charity is inviting applications from businesses that have developed an innovative product – or a project – that has, or will, make a difference to improve consumer safety. Applications must include a detailed description of how the innovation operates, together with supporting evidence of how it will, or has, improved consumer safety. Selected fi nalists will make a presentation to judges at a London venue in October, with the winners being announced at ESF’s annual product safety conference on Thursday, 28 November. More info at: www.electricalsafetyfi

Swift Electrical has appointed Amber Sheppard as Area Sales Manager for South Wales and the South West of England.

Ms Sheppard brings extensive experience to the Stoke on Trent-based company, having previously worked in B2B distribution, showroom-based retail and telesales.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Swift,” she said, “they are a really well-known name in the kitchen industry and are going through a very exciting phase. I’m looking forward to being the new face of Swift.” Chris Honer, Managing Director of Swift, added: “Amber’s experience and passion make her the ideal person to support our new and existing customers in such a key area for us.”

Management of Robert Bosch and new Chairman of the Supervisory Bo ard of BSH, commented: “In the shape of Uwe Raschke, BSH will be led by a Bosch executive with international experience and proven expertise in the consumer goods fi eld. He will be an important source

of inspiration company forward.”

Also at the end of June, BSH’s Chief Financial Offi cer, Johannes Nä rger, retired after 10 years with the company.

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