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News Archive December 2007

Kingfisher reaches agreement to sell B&Q Taiwan joint venture 17 December 2007
Limited opportunities for market share growth, says chairman.

91% of Britons spend £12,000 on their gardens 17 December 2007
Pursuit of a perfect lawn drives gardeners to spend £200 a year.

The Conference for housewares retailers 17 December 2007
HousewaresLive.net and Housewares Magazine have announced the launch of the first all-industry conference for the housewares sector.

Strong trading continues at Wickes 13 December 2007
Wickes' parent, Travis Perkins, was upbeat as it said trading at the diy chain has remained strong since its last update in October.

Oracstar to kick off New Year with new look 13 December 2007
Pre-packed plumbing distributor introduces product catalogue, redesigned packaging and logo.

Screwfix focuses on exclusive products and low prices to grow sales 12 December 2007
Power tool deal with Makita brings benefits, says marketing director.

'Topping Out’ at Barton Grange 12 December 2007
Staff, construction workers, and well-wishers gather for historic hoisting of garden centre monument.

Exciting times ahead for paint spray market, says Plasti-kote 12 December 2007
Investment in labelling and manufacturing aims to make the brand more appealing.

GCA announces Christmas 2007 display competition winners 11 December 2007
Judges impressed with the level of creativity, passion, and marketing skills across all the finalists.

BRC announces new director general 11 December 2007
Former B&Q marketing director, and Kingfisher communications head takes post at retail trade assocation.

Husqvarna says it will invest 'whatever we need' to promote Gardena 11 December 2007
Marketing manager says the growth and development of the Gardena is a priority.

Thieves raid three garden centres 11 December 2007
Three garden centres – in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, Swansea, Wales, and Calderdale, Halifax – have been hit by thieves in the last week.

Under fire Woolworths renegotiates debt, says report 10 December 2007
Struggling high street chain, Woolworths is understood to be under pressure to renegotiate its debt.

Britons not as green as they appear 10 December 2007
Over 80% of people believe that climate change is having an impact on the UK right now and yet 40% of us are doing nothing to reduce our energy use.

Glynn Davis resigns as president of GIMA 10 December 2007
Departure from Konstsmide UK means he is no longer eligible for the position, says association.

Kingfisher ‘vulnerable’ to takeover says analyst 7 December 2007
Kingfisher could be at its most vulnerable to a takeover from its American counterpart, Home Depot.

Robert Dyas suffers profits drop 7 December 2007
Robert Dyas' profits have slumped to their lowest level in three years as low customer numbers and 'drought conditions' hit sales.

Work underway on Dobbies at Southport 7 December 2007
Work is now well underway on the £10m state-of-the-art Garden World at Bentham's Way in Southport.

Flats and maisonettes top new builds in UK 7 December 2007
NHBC's latest statistics show that the principal housing type being started in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is a flat and a maisonette.

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