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News Archive November 2016

Topps Tiles enjoys "record sales" of £215m for FY16 29 November 2016

The UK's largest tile specialist Topps Tiles has released its figures for the 52 weeks ending 1 October, with sales up 4.2% like-for-like for the period.


Ikea announces fifth consecutive year of sales growth 29 November 2016

Ikea UK has revealed that sales reached £1.72bn, an increase of 8.9% for the year to August 31, 2016


Research suggests Cyber Monday spending will be bigger than last year 28 November 2016

New research from BHS.com reveals that 14% of people plan to spend more during Cyber Monday this year (28th November) than they did in 2015, and just 5% expect to spend less.


Dunelm branches into baby goods with acquisition of Kiddicare 28 November 2016

Homewares retailer Dunelm Mill has agreed to purchase baby specialist store Kiddicare in a bid to raise its online game.


Poundland to close 80 stores 28 November 2016

Just months after it was taken over by South African retail company Steinhoff, Poundland has revealed plans to close up to 80 stores.


GIMA and HTA join forces to purchase The Garden Press Event 25 November 2016

The Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) and the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have joined forces to purchase the garden industry’s leading media-facing event, The Garden Press Event.


Black Friday: Which DIY retailers are cashing in? 24 November 2016

With Black Friday mania upon us, DIY Week takes a look at which of the biggest DIY and garden players in the market are offering deals... and how much customers can expect to save.


Registrations opens for fifth Global DIY Summit 23 November 2016

"End of an era: a glimpse into the future of home improvement," is the theme for next year's global DIY summit, which will take place in Berlin in June.


Kingfisher reports "solid" Q3 performance 22 November 2016

B&Q and Screwfix parent company Kingfisher has reported on its third quarter, with like-for-like sales up 1.8%, bringing total revenues to £3bn, largely, it said, due to its UK businesses.


Dobbies reveals pre-tax profit of £14.5m 21 November 2016

Dobbies Garden Centre has revealed that its pre-tax profits for the year to February 2016 - its final set of full accounts before its sale by Tesco to private investors in the summer - reached £14.5m.


Garden centre blaze sparks concern at Heathrow airport 21 November 2016

A large fire is said to have almost entirely destroyed an independent, family-run garden centre just a few miles from Heathrow airport.


VictoriaPlum.com wins trademark infringement case against competitor 18 November 2016

Online retailer VictoriaPlum.com has succeeded in legal proceedings against competitor Victorian Plumbing for infringement of trademark in a ruling from the High Court released today.


Retail sales soar in October by highest amount in 14 years 17 November 2016

The volume of goods bought during October rose by 7.4% compared with last year, according to the Office for National Statistics, the highest rate of growth since April 2002.


IronmongeryDirect launches sector's first animated TV ad 17 November 2016

IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products, has partnered with Stone Productions to create its first ever animated TV advert.


Axminster Tools scoops Power Tool Supplier of the Year 17 November 2016

Devon-based Axminster Tools & Machinery was recently awarded the top Power Tool Supplier of the Year at the recent On the Tools awards held in the Emirates stadium.


Burglars raid Homebase in Wrexham 16 November 2016

Police in North Wales are appealing for witnesses following an overnight raid on Homebase in Wrexham.


Petition for shops to close on Boxing Day gains 202,000 signatures 16 November 2016

A petition calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to ban shops from opening on Boxing Day so that retail workers can spend more time with their families has currently acquired almost 203,000 supporters.


Amazon warehouse goes up in flames, two arrested 15 November 2016

Two people have been arrested after Amazon's major distribution centre in Rugeley went up in flames in the early hours of Sunday morning.


ManoMano launches Black Friday bargains 15 November 2016

ManoMano, the French retailer which describes itself as "the only DIY specialist marketplace on the UK market" has announced discounts across its product range ahead of Black Friday next week.


B&M grows profit and continues store openings 15 November 2016

Fast-growing discount chain B&M has reported a 15% rise in its first half sales and has said it is expecting to meet expectations for its store opening programme.


List of potential M&S casualties revealed 14 November 2016

The Local Data Company, much to the chagrin of Marks and Spencer, has released a list of stores it has calculated to be most at risk of closure following the store's announcement last week that 60 clothing and home stores would close.


Wallcovering brands join BHETA 11 November 2016

Crown, Coloroll, Vymura and Arthouse are the latest wallcoverings brands to join BHETA.  Inspired Wallpaper is the collective brand which encompasses Crown, Coloroll and Vymura. 


Burgon & Ball honoured in new garden industry awards 11 November 2016

Garden tools and gifts manufacturer Burgon & Ball has been honoured in the first ever Garden Trade News Greatest Marketing Team Awards, part of the GTN's Greatest Awards 2016.


Wickes to sponsor Channel 4 home shows 11 November 2016

Travis Perkins-owned DIY retailer Wickes has struck a deal with Channel 4 to sponsor its Homes on 4 programmes, including Location Location Location and Grand Designs, from 2017.


B&Q closes Radlett depot, with 100 job losses 10 November 2016

A B&Q depot centre in Colney Street near Radlett has closed down and 100 staff have been made redundant.


GCA follows HTA's example by moving HQ location 9 November 2016

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that it has moved its head office to Chester following the relocation of the Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) to Chilcot.


Tembe DIY raises £11k for children's cancer charity 9 November 2016

Doncaster-based Tembe DIY and Building Products has raised £11,000 for Children with Cancer UK through the sale of HIPPO Heavy Duty Trade Wipes.


Bunnings unveils plans to BHETA members at packed forum 8 November 2016

Bunnings UK and Ireland managing director PJ Davis was the headlining speaker at the recent BHETA networking forum at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, last week.


M&S reveals plans to close 60 stores as pre-tax profits plummet 88% 8 November 2016

Marks and Spencer has released its half yearly results, with overall group revenue of £4,993.5m, up 0.9% on last year, but with statutory profit before tax at £25.1m, down 88.4% from last year, the decision has been taken to reduce the number of clothing and home stores.


B&Q to roll out new store concept and one hour click-and-collect 7 November 2016

B&Q has announced plans to roll out its new format store - introduced at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol over the summer - across 10 stores as well as the introduction of a one hour click-and-collect service.


High St returns to growth, with housewares leading the way 7 November 2016

Following a rocky nine months, the UK's high street has finally started to grow again according to figures released by the BDO high street sales tracker - and sales of housewares were particularly buoyant.


New online tile retailer Tile Devil hopes to tap into £1bn market 4 November 2016

Based in Dublin, Ireland, the owners of family-run import and distribution firm Lucretia Tiles have launched Tile Devil, an online retailer aimed squarely at the UK home improvement market.


Garden Centres aim to demystify the millennial generation of workers 4 November 2016

Garden Centres in Leeds, Bristol and Guildford facing the challenge of understanding and employing a new working generation are being invited to workshops with an international training company to help debunk the labels given to millennials this December.


ManoMano hosts first Global DIY IRL event 3 November 2016

French DIY and gardening company ManoMano, which launched in the UK earlier this year, is hosting its Global Influence IRL (in real life) Event this week in Paris.


St Albans revealed as first UK Bunnings warehouse site 3 November 2016

Bunnings has confirmed that the Homebase store in Griffiths Way, St Albans will be the UK's first to be transformed into Bunnings Warehouse by February 2017.


Wickes boss jailed for stealing £70k from the tills 3 November 2016

A customer service manager at Wickes in Swindon has been jailed for 18 months after stealing more than £70,000 from the tills at work through the operation of a false refund scam.


Inflation could soar by 4% by this time next year 2 November 2016

Inflation in the UK is set to quadruple to 4% by the second half of next year according to think tank the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR).


Next suffers a troubling third quarter 2 November 2016

Sales at Next showed an overall decline of 3.5% for its third quarter when compared with last year, with year-to-date revenues down 1.5%, though total sales including markdowns were up a marginal 0.4%.


Johnsons Tiles wins Travis Perkins Innovation Award 1 November 2016

A nationwide search for ground-breaking products designed to solve problems in the construction industry has resulted in the naming of six innovation champions to watch in 2017 - including Johnsons Tiles' innovative tile fixing system.


Woodlodge raises £2,668 for The Honeypot Children’s Charity 1 November 2016

Woodlodge, supplier of garden pots, experts in horticulture products and gardenware - has raised £2,668 for The Honeypot Children's Charity following sales of its popular themed planters.


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