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News Archive April 2017

TP consumer division “consistently strong” 27 April 2017

Travis Perkins’ Q1 results report a LFL sales growth of 2.9% for its consumer division, which includes Wickes, despite a slowdown in growth due to later Easter.


BIRA conference: last chance to book 27 April 2017

There is still time to book your place at the annual British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) conference and awards, due to take place on May 8.


Bunnings reports 2.2% LFL rise in Q3 27 April 2017

Despite declines in kitchen and bathroom, Australian retail giant Wesfarmers posted positive sales for its operations in the UK and Ireland, which includes the Homebase chain and its first UK Bunnings store.


New data predicts post-bank holiday DIY rush 26 April 2017

Shoppers across the UK are set to splash out on home and garden essentials with the two bank holiday weekends coming up, according to new data from eBay Advertising. The week following each bank holiday will see consumers turn their attention to freshening up their homes ready for summer.


Fifth Bunnings location revealed – as former B&Q store 25 April 2017

Bunnings has confirmed that the location of its fifth UK warehouse will occupy an outlet formerly owned by its biggest rival, B&Q.


Home improvement figures continue to grow 25 April 2017

London households are leading the way in applying for home improvements, according to industry analysts Barbour ABI and the Federation of Master Builders.


LFL sales up 1.4% at Carpetright, despite tough trading conditions 25 April 2017

Carpetright has announced that sales for the 12 weeks ending April 22, 2017, were up 1.4% like-for-like despite “tougher market conditions experienced across the period.”


Home Hardware Scotland to bid farewell to long-standing members 24 April 2017

The owners of Thorpes Home Hardware, Gosforth High Street's longest running shop have made the difficult decision to put their business on the market.


Retail sales see first quarterly decline since 2013 24 April 2017

Sales were down 1.4% for the three months to March, marking the first quarterly decline since 2013 according to the Office for National Statistics.


Wyevale reports surge in sales of ferns 21 April 2017

Wyevale Nurseries has recorded a 44% year-on-year increase in sales of ferns in March thanks to botanical interiors and fashion trend.


UPDATE: Owners of hardware store destroyed by fire praise firefighters 20 April 2017

The owners of Watlington hardware store DG Homeware, which was left completely gutted after a vicious fire on Friday, April 7, have thanked the firefighters and members of the community who helped them.


Debenhams to close 10 stores as part of “Destination Store” plan 20 April 2017

The new CEO of Debenhams Sergio Bucher, who joined the business last October, has revealed plans to transform the retailer into a “destination for social shopping”, improve online services and potentially close up to 10 of its 176 UK stores.


Plans to demolish B&Q Stratford put on hold 20 April 2017

B&Q has signed a new three year lease for its store at the Maybird shopping centre in Stratford-upon-Avon, quelling fears for the store's short-term future after plans to demolish the building were approved back in September.


Hillier to introduce 'Memory Tree' at this year's Chelsea show 19 April 2017

Visitors at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show are invited to play their part in Chelsea history by leaving a lasting memory in the Hillier show garden.


Sainsbury's reveals plans for Argos and Habitat 19 April 2017

Last week saw the opening of the 50th Argos Digital store in a Sainsbury's – and the supermarket has taken the milestone as an opportunity to share some of its plans for the businesses it acquired in its multi-million pound takeover of Home Retail Group last year.


B&Q CEO Michael Loeve to step down 19 April 2017

The chief executive officer of Kingfisher retailer B&Q Michael Loeve will be stepping down from his role after two years.


Watlington hardware shop goes up in flames 18 April 2017

More than 50 firefighters were called to DG Homecare in Watlington on Friday (April 7) when the hardware store went up in flames.


Whitefurze named as one of 50 fastest growing companies 18 April 2017

BDO’s Growth Barometer celebrates the best of Coventry and Warwickshire and has recognised UK manufacturer Whitefurze as one of the top 50 fastest growing companies in the region.


B&Q to transform Soho square into 'Open Garden' 18 April 2017

London is set to get a little greener this April as home improvement retailer B&Q opens the gates to the Open Garden, a new pop up outdoor space in Soho for Londoners to relax, enjoy and entertain in.


LFL sales slip at Dunelm in “volatile environment” 13 April 2017

Homewares retailer Dunelm posted a 2,2% decline in like-for-like sales for Q3 but maintains the business is outperforming the rest of the market.


Melitta joins BHETA 13 April 2017

Coffee filters company Melitta UK, part of the German, family-owned Melitta Group has joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association.


Vacancy rate dips but non-food outlets show no growth 13 April 2017

New shop openings and demolitions lead to a dip in vacancy rate for most outlets in March but decline continues for non-food stores and multiples.


Gardman reports 36% growth in sales of wild bird care 13 April 2017

Garden products supplier, Gardman has recorded additional retail sales worth £16million of its wild bird care products in its latest year-to-date figures.


Second UK Bunnings Warehouse opens for trading 12 April 2017

Australian retail giant, Wesfarmers Group has opened a new Bunnings Warehouse in St Albans today – the second of its kind in the town and in the UK as a whole.


Amazon slashes prices on DIY and garden goods ahead of Easter 10 April 2017

Online retail giant, Amazon, has launched a huge sale ahead of the Easter Bank holiday weekend, hoping to capitalise on consumers sprucing up their homes.


Montgomeryshire nursery opens new site 7 April 2017

King’s Nurseries in has opened a new state-of-the art retail site and is increasing its production of specialist plants to meet growing retail and wholesale demand, thanks to a six-figure finance package from HSBC.


Floradecora offers virtual tour experience 6 April 2017

Following its successful premiere alongside Christmasworld in January, the trade-fair concept has created a virtual tour that brings to life the fresh flowers, decorative plants and flower arrangements showcased in its 2017 debut.


B&Q employees take centre stage in new TV ad 6 April 2017

This week sees the launch of B&Q’s latest TV advert, part of its fully integrated spring campaign. According to B&Q, the aim of the campaign is “to remind customers that whatever their home improvement need or challenge, B&Q always has a brilliant solution, and that B&Q colleagues are enthusiastic problem solvers – always on hand to help them achieve their projects.”


Argos to grow own-brand homeware ranges 5 April 2017

Following its takeover by Sainsbury's last year, Argos has revealed plans to grow its own-brand product ranges, with a particular focus on homewares.


ManoMano celebrates £4.4m turnover within first year of trading 5 April 2017

European DIY marketplace ManoMano is celebrating the first year of trading in the UK, having achieved a £4.4m turnover.


Hultafors Group Acquires Puvab 4 April 2017

The Hultafors Group has acquired Swedish specialist protective clothing supplier Puvab, with a view to complementing its own Snickers workwear range


Tough market brings sales down at Topps Tiles 4 April 2017

Sales were down 4.1% during the second quarter at Topps Tiles, bringing the results for its first half to -1.9%, a result of “tough market conditions,” according to boss Matthew Williams.


B&Q accused of not caring for disabled customers 3 April 2017

A B&Q branch in Worthing has said sorry to a disabled customer after she accused the retailer of discrimination after having repeated issues with parking at the store.


Plenty to whet the appetite at the HTA Catering Conference 3 April 2017

Recruitment, food psychology, barista training and communicating allergens are the latest topics to be added to the programme of the HTA Catering Conference – A Piece of Cake? which takes place on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield.


Bira website is shortlisted for national award 3 April 2017

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has received national recognition in the Association Excellence Awards.


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