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Fifth Bunnings location revealed – as former B&Q store

Bunnings has confirmed that the location of its fifth UK warehouse will occupy an outlet formerly owned by its biggest rival, B&Q. 
25 April 2017

Home improvement figures continue to grow

London households are leading the way in applying for home improvements, according to industry analysts Barbour ABI and the Federation of Master Builders. 
25 April 2017

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

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.” 
25 April 2017

Home Hardware Scotland to bid farewell to long-standing members

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. 
24 April 2017

Retail sales see first quarterly decline since 2013

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. 
24 April 2017

Wyevale reports surge in sales of ferns

Wyevale Nurseries has recorded a 44% year-on-year increase in sales of ferns in March thanks to botanical interiors and fashion trend. 
21 April 2017

UPDATE: Owners of hardware store destroyed by fire praise firefighters

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. 
20 April 2017

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

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. 
20 April 2017

Plans to demolish B&Q Stratford put on hold

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. 
20 April 2017

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

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. 
19 April 2017

Sainsbury's reveals plans for Argos and Habitat

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. 
19 April 2017

B&Q CEO Michael Loeve to step down

The chief executive officer of Kingfisher retailer B&Q Michael Loeve will be stepping down from his role after two years. 
19 April 2017

Watlington hardware shop goes up in flames

More than 50 firefighters were called to DG Homecare in Watlington on Friday (April 7) when the hardware store went up in flames. 
18 April 2017

Whitefurze named as one of 50 fastest growing companies

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. 
18 April 2017

B&Q to transform Soho square into 'Open Garden'

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. 
18 April 2017

LFL sales slip at Dunelm in “volatile environment”

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. 
13 April 2017

Melitta joins BHETA

Coffee filters company Melitta UK, part of the German, family-owned Melitta Group has joined the British Home Enhancement Trade Association. 
13 April 2017

Vacancy rate dips but non-food outlets show no growth

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. 
13 April 2017

Gardman reports 36% growth in sales of wild bird care

Garden products supplier, Gardman has recorded additional retail sales worth £16million of its wild bird care products in its latest year-to-date figures. 
13 April 2017

Second UK Bunnings Warehouse opens for trading

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. 
12 April 2017

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