Debenhams Reports Bad Bediquette Causing Friction Between The Sheets

Debenhams research has revealed that nearly three-quarters of the UK population have considered splitting from their partners because of bad bed etiquette. The research also showed that 78% of those questioned have considered moving house and 80% have thought about moving to the spare room.

Sleep-deprived shoppers admitted the detrimental effect that sharing a bed can have on relationships when asked whether or not they have an extra duvet to guard against a cover-hogging partner.

This was in response to a 41% growth in sales of single duvets which traditionally sell in fewer numbers than doubles, and a 24% growth in sales of king size beds.

Steve Lightfoot, Trading Director for Home at Debenhams said: “Our research has revealed the true level of resentment a bad-bed partner creates in the relationship – 10% of people we questioned have pushed their partner out of bed in frustration.”

Those suffering from foul-play in bed said that they lost an average of two hours sleep every night to naughty night-time habits.

Men are the biggest culprits for bad bediquette, with 16% more men than women being identified as creating an uncomfortable sleeping environment for their partners.

The most common bed offence was the ‘tuck and roll’, which is when the culprit holds onto the duvet and rolls onto their front, leaving their bed-buddy out in the cold.

Also a huge bugbear was the ‘midnight shuffle’, which is when one person insists on sleeping pressed against the other and when the victim shuffles away, the perpetrator follows them across the bed resulting in a ‘cliff-hanger’ situation.

Snoring, teeth grinding, kicking and fidgeting, and talking were the next most common night-time faux-pas keeping nearly three-quarters of Britons awake.

Habits mentioned more for being irritating were drooling, twitching and sleep walking.

So rife is the problem that Debenhams is in talks with suppliers about producing a night-time survival kit for customers which will include a double duvet, single duvet, ear plugs, eye mask, lavender spray and a hot water bottle.

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Co-Operative Crowned Responsible Retailer For Third Year Running

The Co-operative Group has been named Responsible Retailer of the Year for the third year running in the prestigious Oracle Retail Week Awards, which recognise the very best in UK retailing.

The judges described the Group as an outstanding business, whose breadth of initiatives and depth of commitment to being a responsible business meant The Co-operative stood out from the rest of the shortlist, made up of Asda, B & Q, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. One judge said The Co-operative is “streets ahead of anyone else in this field”.

Highlights of Co-operative activity which impressed the judges in 2009 included the launch of Plan Bee to reverse the decline of the British bee population and save the bees, work towards the creation of new marine reserves to help protect UK fish stocks, and working with WWF to focus on the environmental and social impact of tar sands extraction as part of its toxic fuels campaign against Dirty Oil.

Ongoing initiatives also showed real progress according to the judges – carrier bag use is down 60 per cent at Co-operative Food stores and its higher-welfare Elmwood standard has been extended to all Co-operative fresh and frozen chicken. The Group’s ongoing and growing commitment to Fairtrade was also recognised.

Peter Marks, Group Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group, said: “These awards recognise the very best in UK retailing, not just in the grocery sector, so it is a tremendous achievement to win at this event, but to win this particular accolade three years in succession is incredible.

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eXpansys Lines Up Cream Of The Crop At The Gadget Show Live

eXpansys, one of the world’s leading online technology superstores and specialists in smartphones and laptops, makes its exhibitor debut at this year’s popular Gadget Show Live.

From the 7th to the 11th of April, eXpansys will be rounding up and placing on show a collection of some of the most exciting innovations in consumer electronics set to make waves in 2010. First up for smartphone enthusiasts will be an exclusive display of HTC’s brand new mobiles including the eagerly anticipated Android-powered HTC Legend, HTC Desire and Windows-powered HTC HD Mini.

Another eXpansys exclusive display will see the unveiling of the latest addition to the Optoma Pico Pocket Projector range; a cool little device able to project content onto nearby surfaces with amazing colour and clarity. You can also project content f r o m a handheld device including: mobile phones, mobile gaming devices (inc. PSP3000), digital cameras, Laptops and Netbooks. The new Pico also boasts a built in media player with micro SD card slot.

In addition to those exclusive products at the show, the leading technology retailer will also be showcasing a selection of the most exciting new gadgets including Drobo desktop storage devices f r o m Data Robotics. eXpansys experts will be on standby to talk visitors through everything on display f r o m the world’s biggest manufacturers.

There will also be a limited number of Gadget Show Live exclusive show deals including a special offer on the latest HTC smartphones and some great deals on BlackBerry, Sony and iGo. Visitors to the Gadget Show Live can visit the eXpansys stand to find out more.

Anthony Catterson, chief executive officer of eXpansys said: “With a huge array of technological ‘must-haves’ expected to be on display inside the arena this year, eXpansys will be proud to help gadget lovers get their hands on their dream devices first.”

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eXpansys plc is one of the leading online technology superstores in the world offering customers best in class technology.

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Topshop Pledges To Continue Support For Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Topshop has announced it will continue its support of charity initiative Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in 2010 with the launch of a limited edition jersey vest, available in-store and online from the end of March.

Topshop has been working with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer since 2005, originally producing an exclusive shopper bag each year for the charity, which was then sold in store and online.

Following the success of 2009’s bold target print Tshirt, modelled by Jourdan Dunn, this year the charity garment will be a vest emblazoned with the slogan ‘Love to Love’. It will retail at £16, with £5 from every vest sold going to the charity.

In addition, charity pin badges and friendship bracelets will also be on sale from the women’s fashion retailer for a minimum donation of £1 for a pin and £2 for a bracelet.

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer is the flagship fashion campaign of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, a pioneering charity dedicated to the prevention, treatment and ultimate eradication of breast cancer.

FTBC was established in 1990 by Ralph Lauren after his friend and fashion editor of the Washington Post, Nina Hyde, died of breast cancer. Since the campaign launched in the UK in 1996 it has raised over £10.5 million for Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s vital research, campaigning and education work.

This year, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer was launched with a series of new images, shot by world renowned photographer Mario Testino, featuring Kylie Minogue, Sienna Miller and Claudia Schiffer.

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