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

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 ...
20 July 2017 0 Comments

Retail sales heat up in June

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, ...
20 July 2017 0 Comments

Reduced profit reflects additional operating costs at Howden

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 ...
20 July 2017 0 Comments

Sunshine gives high street footfall a boost in June

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 ...
19 July 2017 0 Comments

Research highlights consumer interest in retailer return schemes

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 ...
18 July 2017 0 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Totally organisers confirm “show on hold”

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 ...
18 July 2017 0 Comments

Business as usual for Thorpes of Gosforth

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 ...
17 July 2017 0 Comments

Tong Garden centre joins Y30 partnership

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 ...
17 July 2017 0 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Totally shows axed

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 ...
14 July 2017 0 Comments

John Lewis sees record outdoor living sales in July

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. ...
14 July 2017 0 Comments

The Furniture Ombudsman reports rise in disputes

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,...
14 July 2017 0 Comments

A brighter post box from Burg Wachter

20 July 2017

Lightweight workwear from Snickers

20 July 2017

Scruffs' tough Victory

20 July 2017

Extra window security from Abus

20 July 2017

Introducing the new premium Wine Cooler range from Husky

20 July 2017

Akzo Nobel CEO Ton Büchner steps down with immediate effect

19 July 2017

Stewarts Abby Garden Centre appoints Robert Meaney as catering manager

17 July 2017

HTA Board finalises structure review

13 July 2017

Kidde Safety Europe announces new managing director

13 July 2017

Screwfix Foundation raises funds for local hospice

12 July 2017

Andrew Livingston to leave Screwfix for CEO role at Howdens

10 July 2017
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