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News Archive November 2017

RHS may withdraw perfect for pollinators logo 29 November 2017

With Michael Gove committed to supporting a ban on use of neonicotinoids, ManoMano’s decision to ban ‘toxic pesticides’, Friends of the Earth (FOE) issuing more than 18,000 letters to Homebase regarding their use in the pesticides they sell, many ...


Walton Flooring Centre named retailer of the year 29 November 2017

Knowsley Business Awards recognised Walton Flooring Centre as Retailer of the Year at their annual awards ceremony on 23rd November, just six weeks after they received the same accolade from Merseyside Independent Business Awards. This has been "...


Over four years of shop price deflation coming to end says BRC 29 November 2017

For a third consecutive month, shop prices decreased at an annual rate of 0.1% in November. This is the shallowest deflation rate in the last four years.Non-food price deflation eased in November to 1.1% from 1.5% in October. This is the lowest ...


BCF Awards celebrate best and brightest in the coatings industry 28 November 2017

The winners of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) Awards 2017 were announced on 23 November at the annual BCF Awards in Cheshire, across eight categories showcasing brilliance in the coatings industry. 2017 saw the addition of two new Awards, ...


Topps Tiles' full year results report a loss in profit 28 November 2017

Tile specialists Topps Tiles Plc, announced its annual financial results for the 52 weeks ended 30 September 2017 today, reporting a loss of 1.5% in group revenue since the 52 weeks ended 1 October 2016, from £215.0 million to this year's £211.8 ...


Christmas at Bents is judged best in UK 27 November 2017

Independent garden centres are celebrating after bagging GCA display awards, with Bents Garden & Home winning the 2017 title of Best Christmas Display in the Country, and Perrywood Garden Centre winning in its regional heat.Warrington-based ...


Houseplants sales still soaring 27 November 2017

The resurgence of houseplants within the younger generation has seen an upward trend in the category amongst Garden Centre Association (GCA) members. According to the GCA’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for October 2017, sales of houseplants were ...


Homebase offer brand price match gaurantee 24 November 2017

Homebase has begun offering a brand price match gaurantee to help ensure the company's "prices are competitive", and if you have purchased a branded item from Homebase and find the identical branded product in stock and cheaper elsewhere then the ...


AkzoNobel and SOS Children's Villages to widen global partnership 23 November 2017

A partnership between Akzo Nobel and SOS Children's Villages designed to help fight youth unemployment - through education and renovation training programs - is being expanded to include six new countries.After joining forces earlier this year, the ...


HTA gives evidence at EFRA Committee hearing on Brexit 23 November 2017

The hopes and concerns of the garden industry post-Brexit were made clear to Westminster representatives at a Select Committee Inquiry on 15 November, and to 19 parliamentarians at a very successful joint dinner, held by the APPGHG and EFRA Select ...


Chancellor delivers 'business-friendly' budget 22 November 2017

Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget statement, responses have been made regarding various key points that will impact the DIY retail industry.In brief, living wage is up to £7.83 an hour from £7.50, £3billion set aside for Brexit ...


BREAKING NEWS: Akzo and Axalta merger off the table 21 November 2017

Dutch coatings firm Akzo Nobel has confirmed today that it has ended discussions with Axalta.On October 30, Akzo responded to speculation in the market and confirmed it was in “constructive discussions” regarding a potential merger of the Akzo Nobel ...


Sales exceed £750m at The Range 21 November 2017

Turnover has increased to more than £750m at The Range as the discount retailer continues to expand with new store openings.The company recently secured planning consent for a superstore and new headquarters in Plymouth, the site of its first outlet....


Tile Giant appoints Premier Logistics Group to manage store delivery 21 November 2017

Tile Giant has appointed Premier Logistics Group to manage its store delivery operation. The three-year contract will see Premier Logistics delivering stock to Tile Giant’s UK stores on a daily basis, utilising specialist trailers bearing the ...


Kingfisher reports drop in third quarter sales but confident in meeting full-year forecasts 21 November 2017

Kingfisher has reported a 0.5% fall in group like-for-like sales for the three months to October 31. Although that was an improvement on a second quarter fall of 1.9% there was a small fall in underlying third quarter sales as a weak performance in ...


VARTA Batteries has its moment in the Christmas spotlight 20 November 2017

VARTA Consumer Batteries is launching a £1 million Christmas campaign, an investment that will see the challenger brand reach a UK audience of 22 million* this festive season.The campaign, led by a TV advert, which will air for the first time on 22 ...


DFS completes acquisition of Sofology 20 November 2017

DFS has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to acquire Sofology for £25m.The deal to acquire the Warrington-based sofa specialist with a network of 37 stores, was struck in August.The CMA opened an investigation and invited ...


UPDATE: Homebase "committed to stop" using neonicotinoids by 2018 17 November 2017

Earlier this week Friends of the Earth presented a petition to Homebase with over 18,000 signatures urging the store not to sell flowering plants grown with three neonicotinoid pesticides.Homebase, has since released a statement and promises to ...


Lighting industry calls for more accountability for online sellers 17 November 2017

Speaking at this year’s Lux Live lighting show, RecoLight’s Nigel Harvey urged the industry to respond to the Government’s consultation on proposed changes to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, with an onus on tackling ...


Ruxley Rose judge sees ‘plant area confidence’ 17 November 2017

THE 20 finalists in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Ruxley Rose competition have recently (November, 2017) been judged and there is strong evidence of continued enthusiasm for selling plants at member centres.The two winners, judged to have ...


Retailers urged to be wary of counterfeit goods on Black Friday 17 November 2017

British retailers have been told to be wary of the “dark side of Black Friday”, as the authorities continue to ramp up their attempts to bring counterfeiters to justice. The global counterfeit goods industry is said to be worth nearly £380 billion a ...


Clothing sales jumped 32% at garden centres in September 16 November 2017

The new autumn/winter season saw garden centre customers stocking up on warm clothing and accessories during September, according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Total sales in clothing departments across GCA ...


Hundreds queue for Wilko store opening in Edinburgh 16 November 2017

Local shoppers were out in force today when Wilko opened its doors at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre, Edinburgh. Queues outside the new store started forming at 6.30am with more than 300 shoppers keen to get a first look at the new Wilko store.The ...


Garden items sought by German and Romanian buyers at Gardenex ‘Meet the International Buyers’ event 16 November 2017

Buyers from a specialist German online retailer and mail order company that specialises in British products, as well as garden distributors from Germany and Romania (each with an online presence too) will be travelling to the UK on 30 November 2017 ...


B&M opens Newport store today 15 November 2017

The relocation of B&M's Newport store at East Retail Park has been completed, opening to the public today, Wednesday, 15 November. The store opening comes as a boost to the local economy with an increase in the number of employees by 60....


Tile Trader launches 'Tiling for a Good Cause' initiative 15 November 2017

Online tile retailer, Tile Trader, has launched a nationwide initiative called “Tiling for a Good Cause” and is urging members of the public to nominate a space in their local area in need of a tiling makeover.The initiative is designed to give one ...


Taskers announces restructure of retail offer and distribution centres 15 November 2017

Family-run retailer reveals that current seven sites will reduce to four over an 18 month period in a bid to create “a more efficient and focused business”.Taskers the home store, the Merseyside-based store group, will be closing its two smaller ...


B&M reports steady growth driven by new customers 14 November 2017

B&M has announced its interim results for the 26 weeks to 23 September 2017. Group revenues increased by +21.7% to £1,346.4m, +21.0% at constant currency while like­for­like revenues increased by +7.5%, including growth of +7.7% in the second ...


Friends of the Earth present petition to Homebase over neonicotinoid pesticides 14 November 2017

Giant Friends of the Earth bees visited a Homebase store in Wandsworth yesterday (Monday 13 November) to hand in a petition from over 18,000 people urging the store not to sell flowering plants grown with three neonicotinoid pesticides. The ...


IKEA reports increase in online sales 14 November 2017

IKEA says 15% of its UK sales now take place online, after a year in which internet sales increased by 10%. The homeware company today announced total UK sales of £1.8bn in the year to August 31 2017, up by 5.8% on the same time last year.IKEA UK ...


Wilko opens Fort Kinnaird branch on Wednesday 13 November 2017

Wilko opens a new branch at Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh this Wednesday at 9am and a representative from Children’s Hospice Association Scotland cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Wilko Fort Kinnaird store manager Charlotte Connell.A host of prizes ...


Footfall declines expected this Black Friday 13 November 2017

Shopper footfall across high streets, retail parks and shopping centres is set to dip -0.6% on Black Friday for first time in four years, as consumers feel the pinch.Retail intelligence experts Springboard today forecast that year-on-year footfall ...


Sofology opens 40th store in Farnborough 10 November 2017

The sofa specialist is celebrating its 40th store location, as it opens its doors in Farnborough for the first time today.The new store, which is located at Horizon Shopping Park, is the fifth of six new openings this year following York, Wednesbury,...


DIY WEEK AWARDS: Don’t miss your chance to shine 10 November 2017

With entry now in full swing, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the recognition your company, team or product deserves.For retail businesses, there are seven categories that can shine a light on your stand-out business and colleagues, as well ...


ManoMano scraps “toxic” products, as UK backs ban on bee-harming pesticides 9 November 2017

Today environment secretary Michael Gove announced that the UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe – a decision that Friends of the Earth welcomed, while online DIY and garden retailer ManoMano revealed it will ...


‘What’s new in Home Improvement’ launches to the industry 9 November 2017

The brand new event, targeting consumer and trade press across the home improvement sector, is set to take place in London on February 21 next year.‘What’s new in Home Improvement’ is being brought to the industry by Insight DIY and Media-Events, ...


QVC UK wins again at Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards 9 November 2017

QVC UK has again been rewarded for its customer service, winning the Multi-Channel Award at the 2017 Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards In addition, it was first overall for Social Media in Retail, second for Customer Experience on Calls ...


Store upgrades boost revenue for Woodie’s 9 November 2017

The Irish DIY chain reported a 9.1% uplift in revenue for the four months ended October 31, as it continued the revamp of its store portfolio and consumer spending increased.Woodie’s, part of Graft Group’s retailing division, which accounts for 6% ...


Sainsbury's profits are hit due to Argos losses 9 November 2017

The UK’s second largest supermarket chain reported an underlying profit before tax of £251 million which saw a loss of 9% as wage cost inflation and consolidation of Argos H1 losses took its toll, as well as the company being partly offset by ...


M&S to 'rejuvenate' clothing and home after 5.3% loss in half-year profits 8 November 2017

High Street giant M&S reported a decrease in like-for-like revenue by 0.7% in Clothing & Home today in the company's half year results, also reporting 0% change in Clothing & Home revenue from October 1 to 2016 to September 30 2017. Full ...


Dunelm to close Hinckley store 8 November 2017

Dunelm is closing its store in Hinckley, Leicestershire in January 2018 over concerns the site is too small.A spokesman for Dunelm said: “We continually review our store estate to ensure that we have the right size stores in the best locations, to ...


Record decline in non-food sales in October 7 November 2017

In October, UK retail sales decreased by 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from October 2016 when they had increased 1.7% from the preceding year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) KPMG sales monitor for the period covering October 1-28, ...


The latest Christmas ads from Argos, Currys and Asda 3 November 2017

The beginning of November has signalled an abrupt end to Halloween and offered a warm welcome to Christmas and winter campaigns across the DIY industry. The latest of these come from catalogue retailer Argos, electrical retailer Currys PC World and ...


GIMA ‘Garden & Giftware Meet the Buyer’ event to be held at Longacres 3 November 2017

Continuing its successful programme of Buyer Connect events, the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) has teamed up with Longacres – the UK’s largest independent garden centre – to hold a special speed networking event with the buying ...


What the interest rate rise could mean for business and the high street 2 November 2017

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) believes the rate increase - the first since July 2007 – of up to 5%, means the Chancellor needs to deliver a new budget for shoppers.BRC head of retail insight & analytics Rachel Lund said today: “While the ...


What the interest rate rise could mean for housing and home improvement 2 November 2017

As the Bank of England announces it is putting interest rates up for the first time in 10 years of between 0.25% and 5%, speculation and predictions have been rife over what impact this will have on the housing market.Although not a huge increase, ...


Firework celebrations set to light up sales for home and garden retailers this month 2 November 2017

Retailers should capitalise on a prolonged period of ‘fireworks frenzy’ this month, as shoppers scramble to kit out their homes and gardens for the celebrations this year,According to new data from Ebay, searches for ‘blanket’, ‘candle’ and ‘...


Meols Cop Homebase reveals closing date to make way for Sainsburys 1 November 2017

Homebase bosses have confirmed that the Meols Cop branch will close just weeks before Christmas. The store is being closed down to make way for a new Sainsburys superstore which is planned to be built on the same site. In order for that store, which ...


Bunnings opens Harlow store 1 November 2017

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings has opened its 10th UK Warehouse store, taking over the former Homebase outlet on Edinburgh Way in Harlow today.The new opening has created over 25 full and part time jobs at the 78,000sq ft store, ...


Travis Perkins improves customer service with new software solution 1 November 2017

Travis Perkins has selected Riverbed SteelCentral Aternity to increase end-user visibility, improving customer service and enhancing colleague productivity. Since deployment, the monitoring solution has significantly reduced the average time it ...


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