Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Payback time 

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has warned that the availability of mortgage finance is set to reduce; in other words, that it is going to become even harder for house buyers to get a mortgage than it is already. Bad news for anyone trying to buy a house; bad news for anybody trying to sell a house; and bad news for anyone whose business is affected by the housing market. DIY retailers, for instance. ... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 20 December 2010 09:32:29 More from: Talking Point

Price points 

Those clever people at KPMG have warned us that some retailers may use next month's VAT increase as an opportunity to mask price increases. Well – as I gather young people say these days – duh.... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 15 December 2010 13:01:22 More from: Talking Point

Take heart! 

Predictably, most coverage of last week's quarterly trading statement from Kingfisher has been from the investor's point of view. But even if you're not a Kingfisher shareholder, the statement is worth studying, simply because the performance of the UK DIY market leader must be an indicator of the performance of the UK DIY market as a whole.... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 06 December 2010 12:15:18 More from: Talking Point

Sledge sales...something doesn't add up 

Presumably someone at the Daily Telegraph thinks that putting business stories on a page headed 'business' is dull, because the Telegraph has led its coverage of Kingfisher's quarterly trading statement with a big picture of children tobogganing - and with the news that B&Q has ordered another 10,000 sledges.... Read entry
 
Posted by Colin Petty 03 December 2010 16:42:09 More from: Talking Point
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What do you think?

With all the extra social distancing measures retailers have been forced to put in place, floor planning, product positioning, creative merchandising and POS displays are more crucial than ever.
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