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Price points

Those clever people at KPMG have warned us that some retailers may use next month's VAT increase as an opportunity to mask price increases. Well – as I gather young people say these days – duh.
15 December 2010

Take heart!

Predictably, most coverage of last week's quarterly trading statement from Kingfisher has been from the investor's point of view. But even if you're not a Kingfisher shareholder, the statement is worth studying, simply because the performance of the UK DIY market leader must be an indicator of the performance of the UK DIY market as a whole.
6 December 2010

Sledge sales...something doesn't add up

Presumably someone at the Daily Telegraph thinks that putting business stories on a page headed 'business' is dull, because the Telegraph has led its coverage of Kingfisher's quarterly trading statement with a big picture of children tobogganing - and with the news that B&Q has ordered another 10,000 sledges.
3 December 2010

Scuppered by the snow

Am currently sat looking at my laptop in my cold living room after another four inches of snow fell overnight.
1 December 2010

Work together and reap rewards

Before all else I'd like to offer my warmest congratulations to all of our winners, both Silver and Gold, at last Thursday's Britain's Best Retailer Awards. As ever, it was an amazing night, with great company, food, entertainment...and wine!
17 November 2010

Embracing the inevitable

If there's one lesson to be learned from retail, it's that nothing ever stays the same. The inexorable process of change is constant and the evidence of that is ever apparent in the pages of DIY Week.
3 November 2010
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What do you think?

With all the extra social distancing measures retailers have been forced to put in place, floor planning, product positioning, creative merchandising and POS displays are more crucial than ever.
But which of the following product categories do you feel are the most challenging to merchandise?








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