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Home Hardware carries out mystery shopper campaign

In a bid to gauge the level of customer service offered by hardware shops across its corporate membership, Home Hardware recently carried out a mystery shopper campaign. 
27 October 2016

Homebase sales fly since Bunnings takeover

Wesfarmers, Australian parent company to Homebase (soon to be known as Bunnings) has released its results for the first trading quarter, with sales at the former HRG retailer in line with expectations at £320m. 
26 October 2016

Doveleys GC closing down, with almost £1m stock to shed

The managing director of Doveleys Garden Centre near Uttoxeter has confirmed that the branch will be closing down before the end of the year, and is now looking to sell off £985,000 worth of stock. 
26 October 2016

Rainy Day Trust launches specialist advice service with Shelter

The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has announced a 12-month partnership with Shelter to provide high quality, specialist advice to beneficiaries from the home improvement sector that have a housing need. 
26 October 2016

B&M to move into former BHS store

B&M has announced plans to open its second Hartlepool branch by moving into premises recently vacated by BHS. 
25 October 2016

B&Q Sunday trading request turned down

B&Q in Jersey has reportedly had its application to open nine Sundays a year turned down by the planning department. 
25 October 2016

Carpetright sees a 2.9% LfL decline for first half

Carpetright Plc has released its half yearly results, with like-for-likes down 2.9% for the 25 weeks ending October 22. 
25 October 2016

BHS announces ambitious international plans

Newly re-launched BHS has announced plans to grow its international business. 
24 October 2016

Laura Ashley confirms closure of Homebase concessions

Homewares and fashion retailer Laura Ashley has confirmed it will be closing all of its Homebase concessions with the next year. 
21 October 2016

AMA Market Report: Booming Bi-fold Doors

The market for bi-folding doors is expected to grow 7% per annum, despite Brexit fears, says AMA Research. 
21 October 2016

Axminster Tools makes awards shortlist

Devon-based retailer and supplier Axminster Tools & Machinery has made the 'On the Tools' shortlist for Power Tool Supplier of the Year - but needs votes to become the winner. 
20 October 2016

MPs back decision to strip Sir Philip Green of knighthood

Members of parliament have approved, without a vote, a call for former BHS owner Sir Philip Green to be stripped of his knighthood. 
20 October 2016

Leekes rakes in pre-tax profits of £2.2m for H1

Department store Leekes has reported a significant rise in sales and profits for the first half of the 2016/17 financial year. 
20 October 2016

Worker is killed at IKEA Reading

IKEA in Reading has its doors firmly closed today after the death of a contract worker in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man was reportedly crushed by a hydraulic lift in the loading bay of the store at around 2.30am. 
20 October 2016

Man attempts to steal venetian blind in trousers

Police in Northampton are searching for a man who attempted to steal a venetian blind from Dunelm Mill by concealing it down one trouser leg and up the back of his jacket. 
19 October 2016

Wickes and Toolstation "continue to outperform the market" in Q3

Travis Perkins Plc, parent company to Wickes and Toolstation, has released its figures for the third quarter of 2016, with total sales growth of 3.4% and like-for-like increases of 2%. 
19 October 2016 reports positive feedback as it launches kitchen range

Newly launched has introduced kitchen and dining wares to its range, and says it has had great customer response since its debut at the end of September. 
18 October 2016

DIY shop flouts council order to continue to trade 'illegally'

A to Z DIY and Plumbing of Fartown, Huddersfield, has reportedly ignored a ruling by its local planning inspectorate to close down. 
18 October 2016

Wickes celebrates re-launch of Taunton store

Wickes is celebrating is new-look store complete with brand new kitchen and bathroom design centres in Taunton. 
17 October 2016

Footfall declines but spend rises on high street in September

Retail spend rose 1.3% in September, but footfall and shop prices declined on a year-on-year basis according to the latest report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and retail analysts Springboard. 
17 October 2016

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re: DIY shop flouts council order to continue to trade 'illegally'

Send in the VAT inspectors & their HMRC colleagues. Obviously one who flouts the law and believes he's immune to the laws that apply to ...

re: B&Q thief stashed items in a bin in his trolley

bq bob
This is nothing new t happens all the time as staff numbers drastically reduced. Normally they get a cheap mower empty the contents then ...

re: Police appeal for witnesses after DIY shop theft

Rob Adams
I could give you plenty of cctv footage of thefts!...

re: 250 sign up to hear the latest from Bunnings at BHETA forum

Paul Grinsell, DIY Director, BHETA
Jim -Bunnings acquisition of Homebase is probably one of the most exciting things that's happened in the industry in years. It's here and ...

re: 250 sign up to hear the latest from Bunnings at BHETA forum

Jim McNair
Is this an event that we should attend?...

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