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News Archive July 2017

Wickes ups appeal to trade with new loyalty scheme 28 July 2017

The home improvement retailer has launched a new loyalty programme exclusively for its trade customers – called Wickes TradePro – offering 10% off purchases in-store or online throughout the year, with no minimum spend.The scheme has been created to ...


Flooring Republic set for “monster growth” in UK 27 July 2017

The Chinese-owned flooring retailer has set out a manifesto to become the biggest player in the UK flooring market by the end of 2018, with plans to grow its store portfolio from 21 to 80. "Massive investment, major impact and monster growth” are set ...


Positive H1 for Akzo as it commits to growth strategy 26 July 2017

Dulux parent, Akzo Nobel has reported a 3% uplift in sales within its Decorative Paints business for H1, despite the weak pound and poor consumer confidence in the UK, and adds that it is making “strong progress” on its strategy to grow and add ...


DIY and houseware retailers score high with customers 26 July 2017

John Lewis tops the overall rankings of the best brands for customer service, according to YouGov BrandIndex’s score. This is a measure of overall brand health which takes into account consumers’ perceptions of a brand’s quality, value, impression, ...


Oak Furnitureland opens Fife store 25 July 2017

Oak Furnitureland is officially opening its first Fife store in Kirkcaldy on Saturday, July 29.Featuring a mezzanine floor, the 18,119 sq ft showroom is located at the Fife Central Retail Park, creating 7 new hobs and forms part of the company’s on-...


Bunnings opens new Folkestone site 25 July 2017

Bunnings has today opened its fifth Warehouse store – the first outside of the existing Homebase estate - taking over a former B&Q site in Folkestone, Kent. The new store at Park Farm Retail Park is Kent’s first Bunnings Warehouse and follows the ...


Argos unveils 2500 home essentials for AW17 25 July 2017

Argos launched its new AW17 range to shoppers on Saturday July 22, offering around 2,500 new products and featuring popular brands including Nespresso, Bose, Lego, Habitat, Samsung, Dyson and Sony.“Whether it’s getting the kids ready for a new school ...


B&Q to cover costs of foul-smelling Valspar paint 20 July 2017

The Kingfisher-owned DIY retailer and US paint brand Valspar have agreed to pay out to redecorate the homes of customers complaining of an unpleasant smell after using Valspar paint on their walls.DIYers who used the paint, have likened the smell to ...


Retail sales heat up in June 20 July 2017

Compared with May 2017, the volume of retail sales increased by 0.6%, with non-food stores providing the main contribution, up 1.8%.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that warmer weather boosted clothing sales for retailers, however, ...


Reduced profit reflects additional operating costs at Howden 20 July 2017

In its half-yearly report Howden Joinery UK depot showed a revenue £539.5m (2016: £518.9m), an increase of 4.0% and 2.4% on a same depot basis. Group revenue was £553.0m (2016: £528.9m) and gross profit margin 64.1% (2016: 64.5%), stable on FY 2016 ...


Sunshine gives high street footfall a boost in June 19 July 2017

Footfall in June was up 0.8% on a year ago, easing it ahead of the three-month average of 0.5%. British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE said: “The arrival of summer spurred greater shopper footfall in the majority of retail ...


Research highlights consumer interest in retailer return schemes 18 July 2017

New research from WRAP reveals that £1.5-£3 billion worth of electrical products are returned in the UK each year. Sales of electrical products are expected to increase by 19% up to 2020 with UK households already purchasing four products for every ...


BREAKING NEWS: Totally organisers confirm “show on hold” 18 July 2017

Following DIY Week’s story on Friday, the organisers of The National DIY Show, formerly Totally DIY & Tools have confirmed that the 2018 exhibition is being cancelled but that it could be back the following year.Organiser, Brintex, which is part ...


Business as usual for Thorpes of Gosforth 17 July 2017

A Gosforth-based hardware business will continue trading under the name Thorpes after being sold to a local family.Opened as a supplier of household ironmongery in 1947 by Edward Thorpe, Thorpes of Gosforth is currently owned and run by the third ...


Tong Garden centre joins Y30 partnership 17 July 2017

Tong Garden Centre has joined Welcome to Yorkshire’s Y30 partnership, a group of Yorkshire-based businesses working with the UK’s leading tourism agency to achieve more together for the county.“It’s been an incredibly busy two years,” said co-owner ...


BREAKING NEWS: Totally shows axed 14 July 2017

Sources have revealed that the Totally DIY and Totally Tools shows have been discontinued, with the events team made redundant. No one at Hemming Group, which owns the Totally Shows, could be reached for comment this afternoon but it is understood ...


John Lewis sees record outdoor living sales in July 14 July 2017

The department store chain reported an increase in home sales for the week to July 8, with outdoor living up 55% - a record for the month of July.Total sales for the week were £86.7m, up 2% compared to last year, supported by strong clearance sales. ...


The Furniture Ombudsman reports rise in disputes 14 July 2017

The Furniture Ombudsman saw a 49% rise in the number of disputes it handled in 2016, although believes this was due to more traders joining the scheme and taking greater responsibility for their customers.The ombudsman said it managed a total of 5,...


Wesfarmers pleased with Bunnings progress in UK 13 July 2017

Australian retail giant’s shareholders are “very comfortable” with how the pilot Warehouse stores are performing, says UK & Ireland managing director PJ Davis, as he lays out plans for the chain and stresses he “does not see a long-term future for Homebase”....


Card payments increase, while new £5 note costs retailers millions 13 July 2017

For the first time the volume of retail purchases made by card now accounts for more than half of all customer transactions by volume, according to the BRC’s latest annual Payments Survey, which also reveals the cost to retailers of the new polymer ...


BHETA forms Export Committee 12 July 2017

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has created a new committee to drive initiatives in support of the export opportunities throughout its membership. The new Export Committee, which held its first meeting on June 7, is chaired by ...


Grafton Group optimistic yet cautious 12 July 2017

B&M reports strongest first quarter for three years 12 July 2017

Against a backdrop of challenging trading conditions and general economic uncertainty, B&M has reported strong, profitable growth in its trading update for the first quarter of its current financial year from March 26 to June 24 2017. This ...


M&S sees home and clothing sales drop in Q1 11 July 2017

Marks & Spencer has reported declines in its home and clothing categories in the first quarter but is pleased with progress of transformation plan, as it reduces promotions and encourages full-price transactions.Sales in the high street retailer’...


Amazon reveals Prime deals 10 July 2017

The online retail giant has leaked several of the deals on home and DIY products ahead of Prime Day shopping event, which kicks off at 6pm this evening.Some of the deals unveiled today include at least 50% off the De’Longhi Nespresso Lattissima ...


Buildbase launches first virtual reality showroom  10 July 2017

Builders merchant Buildbase has launched its first virtual reality kitchen, bathroom and lighting showroom at its Oxford branch.Customers using the virtual reality (VR) headset will be able to walk around a life-size kitchen, bathroom and lighting ...


Dunelm reports growing market share 10 July 2017

Dunelm has released its year-end trading update, reporting a growth in its market share with a fifth of its sales now taking place online.Dunelm said that total revenue in the fourth quarter of its financial year rose by 17.7% to £240m and excluding ...


Weather impacted on May garden centre sales 10 July 2017

Results of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) May Barometer of Trade showed that the weather was a big factor in sales during May (2017) and divided the country. Compared to the same month last year (2016) sales in the south were 9-13% down; the ...


Home Bargains opens in Llangollen 10 July 2017

Home Bargains and Aldi open this week at the 'ghost supermarket' site in Llangollen.The site was completed at the end of 2015 but with no occupier to move in after the Sainsbury’s chain withdrew from the project.Home Bargains opened its store on ...


Topps Tiles opens new store in Gloucestershire 7 July 2017

Topps Tiles has invested more than £170,000 in a new store in Gloucestershire as part of its UK-wide expansion plans. The 2,800 sq ft unit on Fosseway Business Park in Moreton-in-Marsh opened its doors today.The store forms part of the company's ...


Ebay unveils price match in UK 6 July 2017

Online auction site, Ebay has announced it will launch a price match guarantee on more than 20,000 deals on its UK site.The news follows hot on the heels of a similar announcement on its US site last month, which saw the launch of a price match ...


Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base 6 July 2017

Swedish retailer, Clas Ohlson reported a slight dent in its profits due to a rationalisation of its store portfolio in the UK, revealing plans to shut its flagship Croydon outlet, as it continues plans to focus on small-format shops around London....


Squire’s bags Silver-Gilt for RHS garden 5 July 2017

A joint venture between Squire’s Garden Centres and Landform Consultants, The Urban Rain Garden has won a Silver-Gilt medal at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this week.Squire’s and Landform Consultants joined forces to present the ...


HTA and APL members scoop awards at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 5 July 2017

HTA and APL members are showcasing garden and plant displays at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, taking place this week, with many winning top awards at the show.This year APL members are responsible for over 60% of the gardens being built ...


Topps Tiles looks to make acquisitions as sales slump 5 July 2017

Topps Tiles has pointed to a slowing housing sector and challenging market conditions after it reported a sales slump. The group said like-for-like sales fell 4.7% in the third quarter as "weaker macro-economic conditions" begin to bite.Chief ...


Weber Invests in seven-figure TV ad campaign 4 July 2017

Weber has invested what it described as a “a sizeable seven-figure sum” in the TV advert, which showcases its Genesis II gas barbecue and is set to reach millions of people during the key barbecue season. The commercial was first broadcast at the end of April 2017 and will run until July 31 ...


Homesense to open in Union Square, Aberdeen 4 July 2017

Hammerson has signed Homesense to open its first store in Aberdeen and its second in Scotland at Union Square.Part of the TK Maxx group, Homesense launched in 2008 offering branded and quality homeware at a discount to high street and department ...


Centurion Europe opens office in Middle East 4 July 2017

The Doncaster-based supplier of DIY, garden, housewares and safety products has taken a bold step to boost its export sales of its fast-growing Spectrum Industrial brand by opening a sales office and distribution centre in Sharjah. Centurion ...


Travis Perkins launches programme to future-proof business operations 4 July 2017

Travis Perkins plc has launched the BreakThru accelerator programme to help startup businesses grow through partnership and investment.BreakThru is part of a group-wide initiative (across 22 brands including Wickes) to self-disrupt and embrace ...


Home retailers feature in Sunday Times Top Track 100 3 July 2017

Established with a single hardware shop in Leicester in 1930 Wilko is listed at number 36 in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 table of Britain’s privately owned companies with the largest sales published yesterday. The retailer now sells goods ...


AkzoNobel strengthens position in performance coatings 3 July 2017

One month after US paint firm PPG withdrew its takeover bid, Dulex parent AkzoNobel has announced the acquisition of UK-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd and an agreement to acquire French manufacturer Disa Technology (Disatech) subject to regulatory ...


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re: Acana tackles carpet moths with carpet & fabric moth killer and freshener

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Hello, could someone from customer service call me - I am located in the US and we have a moth/ carpet issue. I am going to purchase this ...

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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

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re: Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

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