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Kingfisher first half profit exceed expectations

Half-year profits at B&Q and Screwfix parent, Kingfisher have fallen 5.9% to £402 million amid what the company describes as “business disruption” on the second year of iits five-year transformation.Kingfisher made an underlying pretax profit of ...
20 September 2017 0 Comments

Squire's Shortlisted for 'Best Garden Centre' by the Express

Squire’s Garden Centres has been shortlisted for ‘Best Garden Centre’ by the Express in their inaugural Home & Living Awards. These awards celebrate the UK’s best household products, services and retailers. As well as recognising style, value ...
20 September 2017 0 Comments

Nicholas Marshall joins line up for HTA Garden Futures Conference

Dobbies CEO and former Wyevale boss, Nicholas Marshall has joined the line-up of speakers for this year’s HTA Garden Futures Conference, where he will be interviewed by journalist Cathy Newman.Mr Marshall, who boasts over 30 years’ experience in the ...
19 September 2017 0 Comments

Kingfisher profits expected to fall in first half update

Last month, B&Q and Screwfix owner Kingfisher issued an underwhelming second-quarter trading update which has caused speculation as to whether the first half update will provide news of lower profits due to the wetter weather during the Summer ...
19 September 2017 0 Comments

IHF’s DIY Boulevard already fully booked

After a successful premier in 2016, the DIY Boulevard at the Eisenwarenmesse – International Hardware Fair enters its second round next year and organisers say all space has been sold.Koelnmesse vice president Catja Caspary explained: “The premiere ...
18 September 2017 0 Comments

New inflation figures threaten huge tax hike for retailers

Business insiders believe September’s Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figure is likely to push up already-onerous business rates bills for retailers across the country by £280 million next April.Retailers could face a significant hike in their rates ...
15 September 2017 0 Comments

Habitat launches click & collect service across 2,300 locations

As of today, the Sainsbury’s owned retailer Habitat, has offered its online customers the choice of picking up their purchases in a convenient location at the time of their choice, or continue to have them delivered direct to their home.Following a ...
15 September 2017 0 Comments

Next upgrades profit forecast, as it plows ahead with portfolio expansion

“Retail stores are an asset,” says Next plc as it confirms plans to add between 150,000 and 200,000sq ft of net trading space in 2018. Despite reporting tough trading in H1, with retail sales falling 8.3%, a predicted pick-up in H2 has lead the ...
14 September 2017 0 Comments

John Lewis profits plummets by more than 50%

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) reported its pre-tax profits fell by 53.3% down to £26.6m in H1, after the company was hit by costs for restructuring of the business.The changes to the company, which operates John Lewis department stores and Waitrose, ...
14 September 2017 1 Comments

Dunelm suffers profit loss due to 'subdued' markets

Homewares retailer, Dunelm has suffered a 2.4% decrease in like-for-like sales, making it a part of the many companies who have endured trading challenges as consumers spend less. These figures were blamed on unseasonal weather; however Dunelm ...
13 September 2017 0 Comments

Akzo opens €100m Dulux paint plant

Akzo Nobel has officially opened the world's most advanced and sustainable paint plant, in Ashington, in the UK. The hi-tech facility - which cost more than €100 million to build - represents the largest-ever global investment by the company's ...
13 September 2017 0 Comments

Shurtape makes it a straight eight on TV for Duck and Frog

14 September 2017

T-Rex bites broadcast media for A/W 2017

14 September 2017

Plasplugs Ovalok holds things fast

14 September 2017

Vitrex kits to get DIY tilers started

13 September 2017

Gorilla Glue expands into sealants

13 September 2017

Forest Garden employees put best welly forward for charity

20 September 2017

Henkel appoints new GM for UK adhesives business

20 September 2017

Akzo announces Maarten De Vries as Chief Financial Officer

19 September 2017

Home Hardware appoints Michael Smith as head of sales

15 September 2017

Centurion Europe appoint new area sales managers

15 September 2017

Squires raises funds for Princess Alice Hospice

14 September 2017
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