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Elegant zest for life: Harper’s BAZAAR now out in Germany

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The response to the market launch in Germany has been extremely positive, with more than 100 pages of advertising booked in the preview alone, according to Manuela Kampp-Wirtz, Managing Director of the Burda Style Group (which includes InStyle, ELLE; freundin, BUNTE): “We are proud of the overwhelmingly positive reaction there has already been just to our announcement; that strengthens our belief in the power of magazines and in our courage to dare to do something new. We are convinced that Harper's BAZAAR will enrich the German media landscape... Read More »

Tourism recorded positive growth rates in overnight accommodation in most EU countries during the winter season 2012-2013

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The highest increases were observed in Slovakia (+9.6 %) and Malta (+9.0 %). The total EU-28 figures dropped by 0.4 % during the same period, which can be explained by the decline reported by five Mediterranean countries (Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Greece) but also Finland and France as 45 % of all the nights spent at hotels and similar accommodation establishments of the EU are spent in these seven Member States. Nights spent by residents and non-residents The most popular destinations for tourists travelling outside their own co... Read More »

‘Recreation Nation’: Third-hottest July on record sees leisure spending rocket

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Warmest July in 8 years sees year-on-year spending on UK tourist attractions boom – 99% increase in spend at aquariums, 64% increase at amusement parks and 19% increase on concerts and entertainment. 20% rise in camping ground spend suggests many took advantage of the weather to take an impromptu ‘staycation’ in the UK Trend predicted to have continued into August, with late Summer Bank Holiday still to come Brits came out in force this summer and spent considerably more on leisure activities than during the same period last year accordi... Read More »

PENNY wants to increase appreciation for food products

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PENNY together with the German Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and the German Rural Women’s Association ‘Rural Women’ (Deutscher LandFrauenverband e.V. - dlv) launch a joint campaign for higher appreciation of food. Between May 27 and June 8, ‘Rural Women’ will inform customers during five days in two PENNY markets each in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Offenbach and Munich on issues such as food waste, the correct storage of food in the fridge, the handling of food which has exceeded its ‘best before’-date and... Read More »

Digital Dummies: 25% of young brits confess to text collisions

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More than a quarter (28%) of the population have been victims of a ‘text collision,’ according to a poll by Halifax Home Insurance. Yet ‘digital dummies’ are putting themselves at risk of more than just accidental bumps, as figures show that almost half (46%) of pick pocketing incidents in the past year involved a mobile phone. Over a third (39%) of individuals now use smartphones to get directions when in a new place, often leaving them unaware of their surroundings. Meanwhile, a further 13% admit to using their headphones when walking alon... Read More »

UK: It’s Porsches for courses for car owners made in Chelsea

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Aviva analysed car ownership data across ten key areas of the UK, including; Chelsea and Kensington, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. Among these places the wealthy borough has the highest proportion of Porsches (1.31%), Mercedes (7.41%), BMWs (6.88%) and Audis (5.89%). Porsches are nearly four times as popular and Mercedes three times as popular as many parts of the UK. And if you add up the number of Porsches, Audis, BMWs and Mercedes in Chelsea it is more than double the amount of Fords – generally the most popular make of car on the r... Read More »

Europeans seek ever more mobile bandwidth, but they worry about cost

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Mobile phones are now everywhere, but only half are "smart". Subscriptions for phones that include internet access range from 55% in Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Finland, France & the Netherlands to below 35% in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria & Portugal. This lower penetration of smart phones is a feature in many countries where mobile Internet access subscribers limit time spent online because they are concerned about the charges - Hungary (35%), Portugal (58%), Greece (53%), Cyprus (52%), Belgium, (47%) & Romania ... Read More »

Iris van Herpen’s wilderness embodied collection is unveiled in Paris and includes her first hybrid 3D printed dress

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The dress was created by bringing together transparent stereolithography pieces and more hands-on craftsmanship, for an unworldly result. Fine, bone-like pieces were designed on computer before being optimized for 3d printing using Materialise's Magics software. Once ready to print, the pieces were brought to life on Materialise's Mammoth Stereolithography machines using a clear liquid resin. The transparent pieces were then over-moulded in silicon by Iris van Herpen’s team, a process that demands great skill and which took weeks to complete. ... Read More »

3D printing technology goes from clinic to catwalk

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Speaking about the latest collection Sven Hermans, Account Manager for Materialise said: “For the first time we have worked with Iris van Herpen to produce a hybrid creation incorporating unique, transparent bone-like structures produced with Mammoth Stereolithography. Thanks to 3D printing the dresses are seamless and made to measure. It is exciting working with Iris van Herpen to bring her complex geometrical designs to life; 3D printing does what no other form of clothing manufacture can do when complex shapes need to be created quickly and ... Read More »

FEARNE COTTON launches debut interior collection for VERY.CO.UK

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The collection transfers from the bedroom through to the living room. A wooden four poster bed adds opulence and grandeur to any bedroom and works perfectly teamed with the oriental print bed linen. For the living room, the pink three-seater button-backed sofa sits beautifully with luxurious blossom embroidered into the arm chair and accessorised with oriental print cushions. On the collection launch, Fearne said: “I’m extremely excited to be creating a range for the home with Very.co.uk. I have designed a collection that incorporates my own... Read More »

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