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News Archive October 2016

Screwfix worker incarcerated after stashing guns in store shed 28 October 2016

A customer services employee from Screwfix in Folkestone was recently sentenced to two years in a Young Offenders' Institution after it was discovered he had stashed two guns in a shed at the store.


Home Hardware carries out mystery shopper campaign 27 October 2016

In a bid to gauge the level of customer service offered by hardware shops across its corporate membership, Home Hardware recently carried out a mystery shopper campaign.


Homebase sales fly since Bunnings takeover 26 October 2016

Wesfarmers, Australian parent company to Homebase (soon to be known as Bunnings) has released its results for the first trading quarter, with sales at the former HRG retailer in line with expectations at £320m.


Doveleys GC closing down, with almost £1m stock to shed 26 October 2016

The managing director of Doveleys Garden Centre near Uttoxeter has confirmed that the branch will be closing down before the end of the year, and is now looking to sell off £985,000 worth of stock.


Rainy Day Trust launches specialist advice service with Shelter 26 October 2016

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has announced a 12-month partnership with Shelter to provide high quality, specialist advice to beneficiaries from the home improvement sector that have a housing need.


B&M to move into former BHS store 25 October 2016

B&M has announced plans to open its second Hartlepool branch by moving into premises recently vacated by BHS.


B&Q Sunday trading request turned down 25 October 2016

B&Q in Jersey has reportedly had its application to open nine Sundays a year turned down by the planning department.


Carpetright sees a 2.9% LfL decline for first half 25 October 2016

Carpetright Plc has released its half yearly results, with like-for-likes down 2.9% for the 25 weeks ending October 22.


BHS announces ambitious international plans 24 October 2016

Newly re-launched BHS has announced plans to grow its international business.


Laura Ashley confirms closure of Homebase concessions 21 October 2016

Homewares and fashion retailer Laura Ashley has confirmed it will be closing all of its Homebase concessions with the next year.


AMA Market Report: Booming Bi-fold Doors 21 October 2016

The market for bi-folding doors is expected to grow 7% per annum, despite Brexit fears, says AMA Research.


Axminster Tools makes awards shortlist 20 October 2016

Devon-based retailer and supplier Axminster Tools & Machinery has made the 'On the Tools' shortlist for Power Tool Supplier of the Year - but needs votes to become the winner.


MPs back decision to strip Sir Philip Green of knighthood 20 October 2016

Members of parliament have approved, without a vote, a call for former BHS owner Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood.


Leekes rakes in pre-tax profits of £2.2m for H1 20 October 2016

Department store Leekes has reported a significant rise in sales and profits for the first half of the 2016/17 financial year.


Worker is killed at IKEA Reading 20 October 2016

IKEA in Reading has its doors firmly closed today after the death of a contract worker in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man was reportedly crushed by a hydraulic lift in the loading bay of the store at around 2.30am.


Man attempts to steal venetian blind in trousers 19 October 2016

Police in Northampton are searching for a man who attempted to steal a venetian blind from Dunelm Mill by concealing it down one trouser leg and up the back of his jacket.


Wickes and Toolstation "continue to outperform the market" in Q3 19 October 2016

Travis Perkins Plc, parent company to Wickes and Toolstation, has released its figures for the third quarter of 2016, with total sales growth of 3.4% and like-for-like increases of 2%.


BHS.com reports positive feedback as it launches kitchen range 18 October 2016

Newly launched BHS.com has introduced kitchen and dining wares to its range, and says it has had great customer response since its debut at the end of September.


DIY shop flouts council order to continue to trade 'illegally' 18 October 2016

A to Z DIY and Plumbing of Fartown, Huddersfield, has reportedly ignored a ruling by its local planning inspectorate to close down.


Wickes celebrates re-launch of Taunton store 17 October 2016

Wickes is celebrating is new-look store complete with brand new kitchen and bathroom design centres in Taunton.


Footfall declines but spend rises on high street in September 17 October 2016

Retail spend rose 1.3% in September, but footfall and shop prices declined on a year-on-year basis according to the latest report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and retail analysts Springboard.


BRC makes statement on inflationary pressure 14 October 2016

The chief executive officer of the British Retail Consortium, Helen Dickinson, has made the following statement in reaction to the "inflationary pressure in the supply chain" as a result of the pound's devaluation.


One in three homeowners regret DIY jobs 13 October 2016

Just over a third (35%) of homeowners regret the results of a DIY project they've taken on themselves and wish they had called in a professional, according to home services marketplace Plentific.com.


TOWIE star to go head to head with B&Q employees 13 October 2016

Reality TV star Dan Osborne, best known for his appearances on The Only Way is Essex, will be testing his DIY skills against B&Q employees to celebrate the refurbishment of the B&Q Leyton store.


Sainsbury's pledges to open an Argos in every store 12 October 2016

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's, who completed its purchase of Argos earlier this year, has announced plans to accelerate the roll-out of Argos across its 600 existing supermarkets and 773 convenience stores.


B&Q thief stashed items in a bin in his trolley 11 October 2016

A man who was recently convicted of stealing £828 word of goods from B&Q in Chard, Somerset, maintained his innocence even during sentencing, despite being caught on CCTV.


Selected BHS staff paid £2m when business collapsed 11 October 2016

Around 200 staff at BHS' head office received more than £2m in total as the retailer went into liquidation, according to new findings by the BBC's Panorama.


BRC urges government to keep shop prices low following Brexit 10 October 2016

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called on government negotiators to put consumers first by ensuring shop prices are kept low in the aftermath of the UK leaving the European Union.


Mica celebrates 20th anniversary in style 7 October 2016

The Mica co-operative of independent retailers recently celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Mica Exchange weekend in Jersey.


Newly launched BHS.com announces Christmas range 7 October 2016

BHS.com, which launched on September 29, has announced the launch of its first of two Christmas ranges.


Welcome to DIY Week's new-look website and newsletter! 6 October 2016

DIYWeek.net has had a face-lift, and so has our weekly newsletter - with the biggest change being that both are now completely tablet and smartphone-friendly.


Mica members and suppliers bring home the gold 6 October 2016

Hardware co-operative group Mica held its 2016 Member and Supplier Awards during its 20th anniversary weekend recently, with winners recognised for excellence across the supply and retail categories.


Dunelm reports a disappointing Q1 due to "unusually warm weather" 6 October 2016

Homewares retailer Dunelm Mill  has reported a year-on-year loss of -7.3% with like-for-likes down by 3.8% for the 13 weeks ending October 1.


Bira's new website offers hub of support for indies 5 October 2016

The British Independent Retailers Association’s (bira) new website, which launched this week, is designed to make life easier for independent shop owners. 


Furniture and BBQ sales sizzle for GCA centres 5 October 2016

Customers at garden centres across the country made good use of their gardens during the warmer weather with the latest results from the GCA's barometer of trade showing strong sales.


Topps reports record sales despite sluggish Q4 5 October 2016

Topps Tills has released its pre-close trading update for the 52 weeks ending October 1, with like-for-likes showing a projected 4.2% increase overall.


Police appeal for witnesses after DIY shop theft 4 October 2016

Wiltshire police have released CCTV images of a man and a woman who they'd like to speak to in relation to a theft from Rodbourne DIY shop Ron's Stores.


Bira weighs in on rating revaluation 3 October 2016

The British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has revealed its thoughts on the new Rating List and what it will mean for independent retailers in the UK.


250 sign up to hear the latest from Bunnings at BHETA forum 3 October 2016

Delegates numbering 250 from the DIY, garden and housewares sectors as well as media members are set to attend the BHETA Networking Forum on November 3, where lead speaker will be Bunnings UK and Ireland managing director PJ Davis.


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