Xmas pud sales up more than 50% at Waitrose

first_imgWaitrose saw grocery sales increase by 9.5% during December, with customers buying 53% more Christmas puddings than last year, said the firm.The supermarket also saw rocketing sales in the week before Christmas, its highest ever sales for a single week of trading.According to Waitrose, premium Christmas puddings were the most popular choice, with Heston Blumenthal’s Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding again the must-have this Christmas. His new mini-version, featuring a hidden clementine, also performed well, said the retailer.The Waitrose Rémy Martin Christmas pudding saw sales increase 20%, while Heston’s new specialities – the Black Forest Buche and Popping Candy Tart proved very popular as alternatives to the traditional Christmas pudding.Total mince pie sales were up by more than a third, with Heston’s Puff Pastry Mince Pies leading the way in terms of sales – by Christmas Eve more than 2.4 million had been sold.Mark Price, managing director, Waitrose, commented: “More customers than ever before shopped across all our ranges this Christmas, from luxurious festive fare to essential Waitrose trimmings. We’ve had a very strong Christmas.”Analyst Verdict said new stores and an improved website provided strong total growth for the retailer, in addition to strong marketing messages and its innovative festive offer.However Cliona Lynch, senior retail analyst at Verdict, said the driving force behind Waitrose’s increased sales for Christmas 2011 was the continuing consumer desire to trade up. “Consumers increased spend on entertaining at home to compensate for less disposable income in dining out over the festive season. “The quality and added value associated with Waitrose’s Christmas offer negated some of the shopper price sensitivity which has risen with inflation throughout 2011.”last_img read more

Victim’s cousin gets emotional in court while testifying

first_img Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comIn day one of the trial into the death of Charlesworth Christopher junior on Monday, his twenty-one (21) year old cousin who witnessed the incident broke down in tears on the witness stand.Stebin Valentine is on trial for manslaughter of Christopher which occurred about 1:30 am on the 30th of August, 2009 in Portsmouth.Ashton Joseph of Portsmouth testified that he was standing on the western side of the road outside his cousin’s house, after coming from a party with Valentine, awaiting a friend to bring him his mobile phone.Christopher was sitting on a step outside his house along with Kadisha Peter, Francine Sango, Kevin Nathan and Stebin Valentine. He said, his cousin and Valentine were having a conversation about 6 feet away from where he was standing and he could not hear what they were speaking about. However, he heard Junior said, “let me see it” which “caught his attention”.“I just looked in their direction, after he [Christopher] said let me see it. I saw Stebin taking out something from the side of his waist and while showing it to him, there was a loud explosion and sparks fly. It was like a gunshot,” he said.He described a black gun, about six inches, using his index fingers to demonstrate how big it appeared to him.After the loud explosion, the witness said he saw his cousin “with his hands stretching and going back” and he fell to the ground on his side.“After my cousin hit the ground, Valentine stood up from the step he was sitting on and he said, “boy look at what I do, look at what I do. I running home” and he was holding the gun and looking at Christopher,” Joseph said tearfully.Junior’s mother; Laurencia Laville, who was present in court was also in tears. Joseph continued that Valentine “dashed out” towards the neighbor’s hedges towards Cabrits but he remained on the scene in shock.Then he went to his cousin’s side and noticed that blood was coming from above his left eye and a “white stuff” was coming from his mouth but he never spoke.Faustin Alexis of Portsmouth, who is also Christopher’s cousin and neighbor, said, “About 2am I was at my home on my bed reading my bible with my girlfriend Sheila Dumas. I heard a noise which sounded like a Christmas bomb or a fire crack coming from the south”.Initially when he heard the noise he did not do anything, however when he heard someone crying, his girlfriend spoke to him and he “put on a boxer shorts and I looked and saw Laurencia holding the deceased on the side of the road with a bath towel and she was crying”.He then went to his vehicle, after he had a conversation with a guy named Khalil, started it and transported Junior to the Portsmouth hospital, where he noticed blood coming from his head and he was shaking, and assisted in putting Christopher on a stretcher.Dr. Carl Monroe, a registered medical officer, testified that he examined Junior’s body about 3:15am at the accident and emergency department of the Princess Margaret Hospital.According to his evidence, Junior had a bullet wound about .05cm to his forehead, there was bloody secretions coming from his mouth and he was gasping for breath.He attempted to stabilize him “by setting up oxygen and IV lines however he was not responsive” therefore he attempted CPR which was to no avail.Monroe revealed under cross examination that he also used stimuli; which he explained to be applying painful pressure to one’s body, to resuscitate him but there was no response.He pronounced Christopher dead at 3:30am and the body was transported to the morgue to facilitate an autopsy.Christopher was twenty-two (22) years old at the time of his death.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 80 Views   6 comments LocalNews Victim’s cousin gets emotional in court while testifying by: – July 2, 2012last_img read more