This Halloween Sainsbury’s launches Pumpkin recycling to help get customers composting

LONDON, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — As Halloween approaches, Sainsbury’s launches a recycling special to help get customers composting. Sainsbury’s expects to sell just over one million pumpkins this week, as the spooky day looms. But once they’re carved, pumpkins are often thrown away – even though they are easily recycled.

This year, all pumpkins sold in Sainsbury’s will display information about how customers can recycle them locally through Recycle Now once the Halloween celebrations are over.

From Wednesday 29 October, customers in ten trial stores will also be able to bring their pumpkins back to store to be turned into energy by Sainsbury’s waste partners Biffa.

The collected pumpkins will join other food waste from Sainsbury’s in anaerobic digestion, being converted into energy which in some cases powers Sainsbury’s stores.

The scheme will not only help customers compost their pumpkins at ten locations, but also attract attention to council collections to get more customers across the country composting at home.

Sainsbury’s Head of Sustainability, Paul Crewe, said: “We know that lots of people will be buying a pumpkin this Halloween – but what happens after we’ve carved it?

“There’s nothing more gruesome than a pumpkin past its best – so we want to make sure that once the spooky festivities are over we’re helping customers to get rid of their pumpkins in the right way.”

Sainsbury’s unsold pumpkins are already donated or sent to zoos.

The scheme is the latest in a series of recycling ideas generated by Sainsbury’s colleagues – including Easter egg recycling and Christmas card recycling.

Notes to Editors

Information on how to recycle pumpkins – including local authority composting facilities via the Recycle Now website – will be displayed with pumpkins on sale in Sainsbury’s stores.

Pumpkin recycling points are available in the recycling areas of the following stores:

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This Halloween Sainsbury’s launches Pumpkin recycling to help get customers composting

This Halloween Sainsbury’s launches Pumpkin recycling to help get customers composting

English football star Daniel Sturridge will be the face of several Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet

LONDON, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — England and Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge joins Sainsbury’s in a new, long-term partnership. Sturridge will be the face of several initiatives including Active Kids, to encourage children of all ages and abilities to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

The rising star of English football will front a variety of Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet. He joins fellow Sainsbury’s ambassadors, London 2012 Paralympic Gold Medallists Ellie Simmonds and Jonnie Peacock, to star in Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2015 campaign, launching in the New Year.

In addition to fronting Sainsbury’s famous Active Kids voucher collection scheme – which has brought over £150 million pounds worth of equipment and experiences to schools and organisations across the UK since 2005 – Sturridge will also help support a range of the brand’s wider healthy lifestyle partnerships including Sport Relief, the Sainsbury’s School Games and Sainsbury’s Summer Series with British Athletics.

New Sainsbury’s ambassador Daniel Sturridge said: “Encouraging children to be active and enjoy sport is a real passion of mine. I’m proud to be partnering with Sainsbury’s to give children all over the country the opportunity to lead healthier lifestyles. I remember the launch of Active Kids in my school and the difference it made to our PE lessons and look forward to seeing even more children benefit from it.”

Tara Hewitt, Sainsbury’s Head of Sponsorship, added: “We’re thrilled to have signed Daniel, admired by parents and kids alike, he’s the perfect choice to help us inspire a new generation. Our ambassadors are a key part of our commitment to get 20 million kids active by 2020 and make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”

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English football star Daniel Sturridge will be the face of several Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet

English football star Daniel Sturridge will be the face of several Sainsbury’s programmes aimed at inspiring children to take part in sport and eat a healthy diet

Starbucks Reserve® coffees launch ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world

There’s a story in every cup of Starbucks coffee.

SEATTLE, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — From the qualities of the soil, to the fragrances and tastes of nearby crops, to the length of time it was left to ripen on the tree – each coffee expresses its own sense of place and conveys the way it was grown and nurtured.

Starbucks Reserve® coffees help bring these individual stories to life with an ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world.

“Starbucks is one of the few companies that can send coffee buyers to dozens of countries each year and taste hundreds and thousands of cups of coffee,” said Leslie Wolford, senior coffee specialist at Starbucks. “Every so often we come across a coffee that dazzles. We help their exceptional qualities shine as a Starbucks Reserve coffee.”

When Starbucks opened its first store more than 40 years ago in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, it brought customers small batches of extraordinary coffee to its single store such as the bright Chanchamayo from the highlands of Peru or smooth Bourbon Santos from Brazil.

Once the company grew to more than 1,000 stores in 1996, Starbucks began to highlight small quantities of exceptional coffee such as Rantepao Sulawesi and Aged Java with the Starbucks Limited Edition program. In 2004 Starbucks offered customers its best single-origin coffee as Black Apron Exclusives™ starting with a rare 100% Kona coffee.  This program evolved into Starbucks Reserve in 2010.

“From the very beginning, we cultivated a network of farmers that brought us quality coffee to support our expanding customer base,” said Wolford.  “As we grew, we noticed that this extensive network also brought us coffee that was undiscovered and special. As a result, we started to be more intentional about helping our customers to have the same journey of discovery as we explored new farms and regions. It gives our store partners (employees) the opportunity to share the story of our coffees and what makes each one special. It becomes something personal.”

Extraordinary Care

Starbucks Reserve has featured coffee from locations as remote and rugged as the Galapagos Islands and the Mt. Bromo volcano on the Indonesian island of Java. The program has also featured rare varietals such as Starbucks Reserve® Panama Geisha Auromar, which was limited to fewer than 800 half-pound bags.

Starbucks Reserve can also showcase coffees that require extra attention to detail, such as the handpicked, single-rounded beans of Starbucks Reserve® Zambia Peaberry Terranova Estate or the Sun Dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe™ and Sumatra Rusuna, which gets their rich, cherry-flavor from being laid out to air dry.

Aged Sumatra Lot No. 084, was aged for five years in a special environment with meticulous care. The coffee bags were individually rotated and turned to ensure a consistent aging process, and the beans were tasted regularly to determine their exact moment of readiness for a bold, full-bodied cup of coffee with toasted-marshmallow sweetness and deep cedar notes.

In September 2014, Starbucks offered customers the rare, small batch Starbucks Reserve® Costa Rica Geisha La Ines developed by Starbucks agronomist Carlos Mario Rodriguez for its combination of disease tolerance, high yield and exceptional taste. The coffee sold out online within hours.

Distinctive Flavors

Each Starbucks Reserve coffee tells the story of its origins.

The Africa region is believed to be the birthplace of coffee, and its diverse geography is home to some of the world’s most unusual and sought-after coffees, with flavors ranging from berries to spices to citrus fruits. Starbucks Reserve coffees highlight the distinctive characteristics of African coffees from the herbal and floral notes of Cameroon’s Mount Oku and the full bodied, chocolaty flavor of Malawi Lake of Stars.

In the Asia/Pacific, Starbucks Reserve® Sumatra Blue Batak showcases the region’s signature full flavor herbal spiciness with deep, syrupy body and sweet herbal notes. In Latin America, Starbucks purchased the 190 burlap sacks of coffee produced on a small farm by farmer Aladino Delgado and produced Starbucks Reserve® Perú Aladino, an extraordinary bright citrusy coffee characteristic of the region, with surprising rich toffee notes and a nutty sweetness.

The Future of Reserve

In December, 2014 Starbucks will open its first-ever Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. Dedicated to roasting and coffee education this one of a kind experience will allow Starbucks to increase the availability of these limited availability coffees. By consolidating its small-batch roasting, Starbucks will expand their Starbucks Reserve® program to 1,500 locations globally, as well as open at least 100 stores designed to highlight these rare coffees exclusively.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks Reserve® coffees launch ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world

Starbucks Reserve® coffees launch ultra-premium line of coffees that are the most rare, limited availability coffees from around the world

Starbucks launches new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and interactive coffee bar to its stores in China

BEIJING, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks is bringing an immersive coffee experience to its customers in China with a new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and an interactive coffee bar to seven stores in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Starbucks Reserve® coffees are  small-lot coffees that are the most exquisite coffees in the world. Every year Starbucks coffee buyers travel to coffee-growing regions – from the faraway highlands in Papua New Guinea to the coast of Galapagos Islands in Ecuador – to find and purchase some of the world’s finest arabica coffee beans.

The stores in China that carry Starbucks Reserve coffee will feature coffee-forward designs, including  an interactive “coffee bar,” where customers can discover different types of brewing methods such as the manual, pour-over style Chemex® Coffeemaker or the classic coffee press. Customers will have the opportunity to spend more time to explore Starbucks® coffees, ask questions, and purchase their favorite brewing equipment and packaged coffee for home use. Baristas are certified Starbucks Coffee Masters who wear black aprons as a symbol of their coffee expertise.

“With 43 years of strong passion for coffee, we purchase and roast some of the finest quality coffee beans around the world for our customers,” said Belinda Wong, president of Starbucks China. “The launch of Starbucks Reserve coffee will bring a unique coffee experience to China.”

The first four Starbucks Reserve offerings in China each hold intriguing flavors and stories:

Peru Chonti Coffee noted for its herbaceous aroma with a subtle lemony acidity with flavor notes of hazelnut and baking chocolate, this coffee originates from the steep valleys of northern Peru.

Panama Los Cantares Estate Coffee grown in Panama’s remote Volcán region, this coffee has won awards for its floral aromas, delicate body and bright, crisp acidity.

Malawi Peaberry Sable Farms Coffee from East Africa delivers crisp acidity with a vibrant splash of lime zest and a spicy, citrus complexity through the concentrated flavor of hand-selected peaberries.

Hawaii Ka’u Coffee, cultivated on the temperate slopes of Mauna Loa, is recognized as one of the finest coffees in the world for its delicate and deliciously tropical flavors.

Starbucks Reserve coffees are currently available 25 markets, including the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Korea, and Japan.

Press Release in Chinese 

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Starbucks launches new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and interactive coffee bar to its stores in China

Starbucks launches new lineup of Starbucks Reserve® coffees and interactive coffee bar to its stores in China

Tesco makes public commitment to do more to support serving personnel, veterans and reservists

Cheshunt, England, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has become the first supermarket to sign the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Tesco has a proud record of supporting the Armed Forces dating right back to the retailer’s founder Jack Cohen, and signing the Covenant means Tesco has made a public commitment to do more to support serving personnel, veterans and reservists.

Tesco is one of the biggest employers of reservists and former service personnel, and the retailer has today pledged to:

  • Seek out veterans who have left the armed forces for employment with Tesco;
  • Support spouses and partners of serving personnel to get jobs at Tesco stores in areas with large armed forces communities;
  • Promote service with the Reserve Forces to Tesco colleagues;
  • Give extra special consideration to holiday requests from spouses before, during and after their partner’s deployment;
  • Continue to stock products like Eggs for Soldiers, exclusive Marston’s beer designed by ex-soldiers and exclusive childrenswear by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, proceeds from which go to Forces charities; and
  • Help customers raise more money than ever for this year’s Poppy Appeal, and smash previous records by raising £4.5 million in 2014.

To help boost donations for this year’s Poppy Appeal a special Tesco delivery truck will drive across London emblazoned with details about how to donate, and Tesco will donate £10 to the Royal British Legion for every picture of the truck that is uploaded by members of the public on social media. Over 7000 Tesco delivery vans will also sport specially-designed poppies, and signs on fourteen large Tesco stores in garrison towns will have the ‘o’ decorated with a poppy throughout the Appeal.

Tesco is already one of the biggest employers of both serving and former servicemen and women, with thousands of veterans on the supermarket’s books. The retailer is also one of the biggest employers of reservists and has a record as a forces-friendly organisation – Tesco founder Jack Cohen set up his first market stall with his demob money after coming home from active service during the First World War.

Since 2005, Tesco has also raised nearly £30 million for Armed Forces charities.

Robin Terrell, UK Managing Director for Tesco said:

“We have a long association with the Armed Forces dating right back to our founder, Jack Cohen. Our servicemen and women make sacrifices every single day, and as the UK’s biggest retailer we want to do everything we can to help them out.

“We have huge numbers of serving and former service personnel working for us, and they bring an enormous number of benefits to our business. We are honoured to be the first supermarket to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, and we will always look to do more for our heroes who regularly put their lives on the line to defend our country.”

Speaking at the signing of the Corporate Covenant, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

“It is great to see one of the UK’s major employers recognise the immense benefits that Reservists and former Service personnel can bring to the private sector and I am delighted that they will be our first supermarket that has signed up to the Corporate Covenant. Tesco now join over 300 companies that have committed to strengthening their support for our Armed Forces communities, bringing about real change for those that have bravely served their country and their families.”

Bryn Parry, Co-Founder and CEO, Help for Heroes said:

“When Help for Heroes was started we asked the public to ‘do their bit’ for the wounded. Tesco, its customers and staff stepped up to the plate and supported Help for Heroes through a number of campaigns including collection weekends, sales of endorsed products and numerous other fundraising activities. Its ongoing support is making a real difference to Serving and Veteran members of the Armed Forces who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses.”

Nikki Scott, founder of children’s charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers, said:

“We’re delighted that Tesco has signed the Corporate Covenant today and will be helping the Armed Forces in every community where they operate. Our work as a charity to support the children of our fallen servicemen and women has been generously supported by Tesco’s and this latest initiative will ensure that Armed Forces personnel and their families will receive much needed support, help and assistance in the communities where they work and live; something that as a charity we work tirelessly to do.”

Nick Donovan from the Royal British Legion said:

“We are grateful to Tesco for their continued support of the Poppy Appeal by allowing poppy collectors into their stores to fundraise, and their recruiting process of encouraging ex-service men and women into the business. With the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the rebasing of troops from Germany and the increased numbers of Reservists expected in society, support from companies like Tesco is vital and we are pleased to see they are signing the Corporate Covenant – a voluntary commitment to support the Armed Forces in every community where they operate.”

The Armed Forces Covenant was launched by the Prime Minister last year, to encourage businesses and charities to do more to show their support for Armed Forces personnel.

It is a voluntary pledge of support for the armed forces community and includes two key principles – that no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen, and that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

Notes to editors

  • This pledge follows on from action Tesco took on 4 August to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, in which we turned the lights off on the Tesco logos in big stores across the UK
  • 2014 marks the 100 anniversary of the start of the First World War, in which Tesco founder Jack Cohen saw active service.
  • Tesco has also committed to supporting Armed Forces Day and Wear Your Uniform to Work Day as part of the covenant.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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Carrefour presents at the Actionaria Exhibition at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November

PARIS, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — As it has been for more than 10 years, Carrefour will be at the Actionaria Exhibition – an unmissable opportunity to talk with our shareholders.

Actionaria – France’s exhibition about the Stock Exchange and financial products – will open its doors at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November. The event is a forum within which we can talk to our current or future shareholders and give them personalised information to help them better understand our Group.
For the first time this year, we will be presenting the Carrefour shareholders club: shareholders can use this in order to get up-to-date information about what’s happening within the Group, expand their knowledge of the company, meet people and take advantage of special offers.

Georges Plassat at the meeting
Georges Plassat, Carrefour’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will be available to meet shareholders at a shareholders meeting on Friday 21 November from 2 PM to 3 PM in the Maillot Room.

Practical information
Carrefour Stand: Stand F 09 – level 2 – Maillot Room.

Invitation: to get an invitation, contact us:
–    on Freephone Number 0805 902 902
–    by e-mail: contact@actionnaires.carrefour.com

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Carrefour presents at the Actionaria Exhibition at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November

Carrefour presents at the Actionaria Exhibition at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on 21 and 22 November

Carrefour’s partner and franchisee, Label’Vie group opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — On 23 October, the Label’Vie group – Carrefour’s partner and franchisee – opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco, in the city of Marrakesh.

The “Targa” Carrefour has a sales area of 3800 m².

The Label’Vie Group currently runs 60 stores, including 5 Carrefour hypermarkets, 44 Carrefour Markets and 11 Atacadao stores.

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Carrefour's partner and franchisee, Label’Vie group opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco

Carrefour’s partner and franchisee, Label’Vie group opened its 5th Carrefour hypermarket in Morocco

Carrefour supports the Manhattan Darkroom exhibition at The Palais d’Iéna from 4 November to 4 December in Paris

PARIS, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — The Palais d’Iéna will be staging the Manhattan Darkroom exhibition from 4 November to 4 December with Carrefour’s support.

Like a darkroom, the exhibition is a retrospective of original and exclusive works by photographer Henri Dauman, a man whose gaze and daring approach bear witness with sincerity and humanity to all the political, economic, artistic and media facets of America in the 1960s – a period in the throes of upheaval

Photography is a universal and popular art form… which is why Carrefour wanted to help stage this free event that is open to everyone.

You’ll find information about the exhibition in Carrefour stores throughout Paris and the Paris region.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
4 November to 4 December 2014
Palais d’Iéna / Economic, Social and Environmental Council, 9, place d’Iéna, 75016 Paris
Opening hours: 10 AM – 7 PM
Free exhibition

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Carrefour supports the Manhattan Darkroom exhibition at The Palais d’Iéna from 4 November to 4 December in Paris

Walmart to sell the highly anticipated game “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” 24 hours before its official release

Retailer Begins Selling Certified Pre-Owned Video Games in 1,700 Stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — It’s game on at Walmart today. The retailer announced that it will offer “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” 24 hours before the official release. The Day Zero Edition will be available to customers starting at 12:01 a.m. local time on Monday, Nov. 3 in more than 3,600 stores. Timed to the release of the highly anticipated game, Walmart unveiled that it has begun selling certified, pre-owned video games in 1,700 stores.

“With 117 million gamers in the U.S., we are constantly looking to provide new and game-changing offerings to those customers,” said Laura Phillips, senior vice president, entertainment, Walmart U.S. “We’ve said that we would focus on the $2 billion pre-owned market, and we’re continuing to deliver on that today. Now, customers will be able to visit Walmart for all of their video game wants – whether they’re buying a hot new release like ‘Call of Duty’ or purchasing a pre-owned game at a great price.”

Walmart launched its video game trade-in program in March. Building on this program, the retailer is now selling certified pre-owned video games. These games will be sold in their own section or alongside other value titles.

Launch of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”

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For the launch of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition” on Monday, Nov. 3, Walmart will offer:

  • Video Game Trade-In Offers: On Nov. 3 and Nov. 4, Walmart is offering 50 percent more for customers trading in any used video game when they purchase “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” Customer can also receive double trade-in value when trading in any used video game and purchasing a PlayStation 4. These trade-in values can be applied immediately toward anything sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club.*
  • “Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare” In-Store Event: Walmart will host in-store events in more than 2,800 stores starting at 10:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, Nov. 2. These special events will include early play tournaments in select stores and customer giveaways, such as free “Call of Duty” posters and patches.
  • “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Exclusive: Gamers will have access to an in-game exclusive exoskeleton with the purchase of Mountain Dew or Diet Mountain Dew 24-packs and specially-marked Doritos products.

“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition” will be available for $59.96.  For customers who prefer to shop online, the game will be available for same-day pickup on Nov. 3.  For more information on “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” visit www.walmart.com/callofduty or www.callofduty.com/dayzero. For more information on Walmart’s Video Game Trade-In program, visit www.walmart.com/tradein.

*In Florida, at the time of the trade-in transaction, the trade-in credit must be applied toward the purchase of a video game of greater value.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our 11,053 stores under 71 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2014 sales of over $473 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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Argos: Being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties

Milton Keynes, UK, 2014-10-29— /EPR Retail News/ — There are plenty of fancy dress ideas for Halloween, from traditional ghosts and ghouls to popular fictional characters and celebrities. This year, however, it’s all about the superhero and it’s not just kids who are dressing up.

For the past few years superhero costumes proved to be popular for leading digital retailer Argos, but with blockbuster hits likeCaptain America: The Winter SoldierandThe Amazing Spiderman 2having hit the screens this year, being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties.

Going all out at Halloween used to be the preserve of Americans, but since the 2008 recession there seems to be a new appreciation for the fun and escapism that dressing up for Halloween provides.

Halloween is the perfect occasion for grown men to leave their day jobs behind for the evening and fulfill their dreams of saving the world from the forces of evil. The celebration allows for men to embody their favorite childhood superhero and dress and act like their idols for one night only.

Nicholas Small, Gift Buying Manager for Argos, said: “Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? They have been our most popular Halloween outfits for men for the past four years.

“Our Batman costume lead a few years ago, coinciding with the Dark Knight Trilogy and the Spiderman 2nd Skin Costume was the bestseller last year, being 30 per cent up on other costumes.

“The Iron Man, Captain America and Spiderman Digital

Morphsuits, new to the range this year, are interactive and give you ‘virtual superpowers’ when linked with a free app, perfect for sharing with friends via social media.”

However, fancy dress isn’t the only way that people are channeling their ‘inner superhero’. Leading home enhancement retailer Homebase has nearly sold enough rolls of Marvel wallpaper to wrap a city the size of Nottingham. The comic cover has been the bestselling new wallpaper added this year and Homebase are extending their Marvel range to included wall art, confirming the popularity of the brand.

Louise Mason, Buyer of Wall Coverings for Homebase, said: “Comics and their superhero characters have always been massively popular with the younger generation, and decorating bedrooms with the Marvel wallpaper is the perfect way to surround yourself with your favourites.

“However, we don’t think it’s just kids who are incorporating comic book characters in their homes. The wallpaper is a great way to bring out the big kid inside and add some retro fun to your home.”

There are 65 different fancy dress products available in the adult fancy dress range, from costumes to accessories, available now from www.argos.co.uk and from stores nationwide.

In addition to the Graham & Brown Marvel Action Heroes Wallpaper, the Marvel range at Homebase includes a comic strip wallpaper border and Spiderman wallpaper border. Marvel wall art has been added to the range which is currently available in selected stores and will be available nationwide as of January.

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Argos and Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email: media.relations@argos.co.uk or media.relations@homebase.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter at @argos_PR and @Homebase_PR

About Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 43,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 123m customer transactions a year through its stores and 738 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2014.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 734 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2014, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed some 29,000 people across the business.

Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

 About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer selling around 38, 000 products for the home and garden. It has 316 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland serving around 60 million trabsactions a year, and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2014, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it emplyed some 18, 000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

For all the latest news and images for Argos and Homebase visit www.homeretailgroup.com/news-and-media

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Argos: Being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties

Argos: Being a superhero is top of people’s wish list for Halloween parties