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News Archive May 2008

J T Frith in administration 29 May 2008
Wholesaler enters administration after battling sales falls; agrees restructuring package, which sees business on a firmer footing, says spokesperson.

Topps moves to consolidate brand as market tightens 28 May 2008
Tv campaign to promote nation's largest tile retailer.

Sir Tom Hunter outlines vision for Wyevale 28 May 2008
Chain of shopping malls for the 60-plus baby-boomer generation as Scottish billionaire looks to exploit his £310m investment in garden centres.

Tv programmes remain primary source of inspiration 27 May 2008
Sir David Attenborough may bemoan home makeover programmes as blatant tv rating chasers, however the British public loves them – and still uses them as a source of inspiration to redecorate their homes.

Morphy Richards gains EEAS recognition for energy saving 27 May 2008
Assessor praises company for energy management and team work.

Silveperl founder bestowed Royal honour 27 May 2008
Brian L Dunsby receives Award for Achievement in Enterprise Promotion in recognition of support of small and medium enterprises.

Hunter: I should've struck sooner 27 May 2008
I knew the supermarkets would be interested at some point, he tells Scotland on Sunday.

Pressure in housing market to affect Topps 27 May 2008
Analysts forecast drop in profits.

BHF Direct lights up market with 21% turnover rise 27 May 2008

Diy remains best chance of return in investment 27 May 2008
Property owners want to inject value into their homes by undertaking the right home improvements.

Price drops for Woolworths 27 May 2008
Tv ads to push cuts on 1,000 products.

60 face axe at Spear & Jackson 23 May 2008
Production of tools moves overseas

Westland claims success for Resolva launch 23 May 2008
Highest ever weekly sales.

Carl Kammerling unveils new corporate identity 23 May 2008
Company looks to set new standards in tool market.

Focus downsizes 23 May 2008
Estate to shrink by 250,000 sq ft.

No place for a gnome but plenty of room for fruit and vegetables 22 May 2008
Latest data about consumer spend in the garden industry.

RHS calls for VAT reduction on ornamental plants 22 May 2008
'We believe this move will make it more affordable for people to green their gardens', director general says.

Garden industry moves Sunday Trading debate on 22 May 2008
Bill reaches committee stage.

The Nation is improving not moving 22 May 2008
Crown Paint predicts a Bank Holiday boom in paint sales this weekend

GfK DIY Barometer (Quarter 1) 19 May 2008
Market performance January to March 2008.

Travis Perkins buys small stake in builder recommendation site 18 May 2008
Progresses with push into online supply.

Dobbies to proceed with rights issue 15 May 2008
Judgement in favour of Tesco-backed garden centre

Travis Perkins: we're gaining market share 15 May 2008
Claims gains in slowing markets.

Shareholder joins Sir Tom Hunter's bandwagon 14 May 2008
Clothing store owner submits affidavit.

Homewares: consumers driven by replicating lifestyle choices 12 May 2008
Aspirational products reflect change in customer habits and provide greater sales opportunities says Erol Sukan, business group director within GfK Retail and Technology.

Niche and specialist sites win out over recent sunny spell 12 May 2008
Justlawnmowers and Flaming Barbecues top traffic searches.

Whitehall Garden Centres joins the Tillington Group 12 May 2008
Move gives us impetus to move forward, says Whitehall md.

Hunter challenges Dobbies in court 10 May 2008
West Coast Capital wants share offer underwritten by Tesco called off as 'it is not in the interests of shareholders'.

Industry Awards 2008 announces winners 9 May 2008
Great achievements and innovations celebrated.

Opening day success for Abbott's in Seaton 6 May 2008
Customers flock to Devon shop.

British Craft Trade Fair: good attendance levels; 75% floorspace sold for 2009 6 May 2008

Dunelm Mill shines 2 May 2008
Sales rise 12.2%; confident on prospects

Chocbox founder makes a million 2 May 2008
Peter Moule secures UK retailer and distribution deals; interest from overseas suppliers.

Silverline Tools honoured at award win 2 May 2008
Hard work justifies newcomer award, says md.

New sponsor backs Industry Awards 2 May 2008
Home & Gift show supports this month's Industry Awards.

Something's cooking - Brits keen to get back in the kitchen 1 May 2008
Mintel survey reveals a love affair with good old fashioned home-cooked fare.

Waspinator makes radio debut 1 May 2008
Wasp free zone product graces Chris Evans' Drivetime show.


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