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News Archive July 2007

Suttons Horticulture appoints administrators 30 July 2007
The Norfolk-based supplier of plants to UK supermarkets, Suttons Horticulture, has called in the administrators for it and its subsidiary, PA Moerman.

Concerns raised over Flying Brands' future growth 30 July 2007
Analyst raises concerns over the Home shopping group Flying Brands, which specialises in gifts, gardening and entertainment products.

Weather hits B&Q sales 26 July 2007
B&Q saw its sales of outdoor and garden products slump 20% as a result of the terrible weather over the last two months.

Focus DIY deal given go-ahead 25 July 2007
The European Commission has cleared the way for US hedge fund, Cerberus, to acquire struggling diy chain, Focus.

Focus comes to aid of flood victims 24 July 2007
In response to the floods that have wreaked havoc across the north of England, Focus DIY is offering 20% discounts to damage victims.

Husqvarna, Cuprinol and Westland star at GIMA Awards 20 July 2007
Husqvarna, Cuprinol and Westland were the big winners in this year’s GIMA awards, announced at Birmingham on Thursday July 19.

Britain’s Best Retailer Awards heads for fifth birthday 19 July 2007
Major sponsors have confirmed their support for Britain’s Best Retailer Awards, as the event heads for its fifth birthday in November.

Tesco extends offer deadline 19 July 2007
As expected, Tesco has extended the deadline for its cash offer to Dobbies Garden Centres shareholders.

Shoots acquires second garden centre 16 July 2007
West Sussex-based centre expands with purchase of Gardens Etc

B&Q sues Chinese supplier 14 July 2007
B&Q is to sue a Chinese supplier over allegations of bullying.

Rottner Security moves premises 10 July 2007
Due to the rapid expansion of Rottner Security UK since its launch, it has recently moved from its Bedford sales office and third party warehousing to fully refurbished offices and warehousing.

Stong sales for Dunelm year-end; predicts difficult next few months ahead 10 July 2007
Homewares retailer Dunelm has announced full year results with overall sales for the year to end-June up 12.5% at £354.7m up from £315.2m.

BASF rules itself out of ICI acquisition 9 July 2007
The German chemicals group BASF has told Dutch newspapers it is not interested in purchasing chemical firms, including ICI, as they are too expensive.

Hunter prepares for bid battle 9 July 2007
It appears Sir Tom Hunter is preparing to table a counter bid for Dobbies following his acquisition of 25,000 Dobbies shares on Friday.

Partnership to open new garden centre in County Durham 9 July 2007
A garden centre partnership is to run a new retail outlet on the site of Lintzford Bridge Nurseries, County Durham.

Exclusively Housewares receives rave reviews 6 July 2007
The sixth edition of the two day show has been hailed the most successful yet - and work has already started on the 2008 Show.

New leisure exhibition to challenge Glee 6 July 2007
Lofa has announced the launch of its own trade show to be held in 2008.

Glee responds: No need for Solex 6 July 2007
Research conducted by Glee organisers raises possible concerns about the market need for Lofa’s exhibition.

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