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Online spending on household goods soars in August

Household goods stores reported year-on-year (YOY) growth of 27.3% online in August, as consumers chose to spend time in the garden and doing DIY, whilst spending online reached a new record proportion of all retail sales.According to the latest ... 
20 September 2018

Brassware and taps market sees 4% growth despite intense pricing pressures

The brassware and taps market in the UK, which is worth in excess of £200million, is estimated to have grown by 4% in 2017, regardless of ongoing pricing pressures impacted by weak exchange rates and incerasing competition.Following a period of slow ... 
20 September 2018

Stax announces partnership with Rawlplug

Stax Trade Centres has announced details of another new strategic partnership which will provide its customers with access to an increased range of fixings, fastenings, anchors, sealants and adhesives from Rawlplug. The partnership will see almost 1,... 
19 September 2018

Screwfix announces 600th store to open in Hoddesdon

Screwfix is set to open its 600th UK store on the Trident Industrial Estate in Hoddesdon, making it its 100th store opening in the past 18 months.The new store, which has created 8 jobs in the town, officially opens its doors on Thursday September ... 
19 September 2018

B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

The DIY chain reported a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales in the first half in the UK & Ireland, impacted by a 5.4% drop in non-weather-related categories, including showroom.Total sales were down 2.3% to £1,833million for the trading period, ... 
19 September 2018

Tesco launches discount chain Jack's with 10-15 stores to open by 2019

Tesco has today launched a new brand, and stores - Jack’s. Part of the Tesco Family, Jack’s offers great tasting food that is grown, reared or made in Britain at the lowest possible prices to bring customers outstanding value.The launch of Jack’s is ... 
19 September 2018

ManoMano rebrands its online marketplace

ManoMano has announced a transformation as the e-tailer announces a rebrand in line with its evolution.ManoMano is the go-to place for every DIY need - an online marketplace dedicated to all things DIY and gardening. It has over two million products ... 
19 September 2018

Clas Ohlson urges consumers to tune back into their home life with new ‘A Better Home’ campaign

Swedish retailer Clas Ohlson has debuted a new TV ad this month to support its A Better Home campaign, created to encourage people to use their smartphones more wisely and enjoy their home, when they’re at home.The TV ad, which you can see here, ... 
18 September 2018

Capital Gardens buys Studley Green from Hillview

London independent garden centre, Capital has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Studley Green Garden Centre in High Wycombe.Studley Green was operated by Hillview Garden Centres for four years, and its acquisition forms part of Capital ... 
18 September 2018

Garden sector feeling positive at Glee 2018

The sustained good weather this summer helped create a buoyant mood at this year’s show, whilst retailers and suppliers waxed lyrical about the uplift they have seen in sales thanks to consumers’ ongoing love of houseplants.... 
14 September 2018

Dunelm announces second year of falling profits

Dunelm Group plc has said it let "basic retail disciplines" slip as it reported a 6.7% fall in underlying pre-tax profits to £102m for the year to June 30.The company said it has been challenged by the recent Worldstores acquisition, but with strong ... 
14 September 2018

Housebuilding growth slows down in London

London’s homebuilders have been outpaced by the rest of Great Britain, as investment in housebuilding dropped to its lowest value in six years. The number of residential contracts awarded in London in 2017 was 34% lower than the value awarded in 2016,... 
14 September 2018

Habitat opens first new flagship store in a decade

Interiors retailer, Habitat has unveiled the first of its two new stand-alone flagship stores today at shopping centre, Westfield London.The opening represents an investment of £1.5million from owner Sainsbury’s, with Habitat celebrating the ... 
14 September 2018

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2019 kicks off at Glee

The eighth Garden Re-Leaf Day was officially launched at Glee this week with Greenfingers Charity calling on all sectors of the garden industry to get involved.With Greenfingers celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, organisers are working on ... 
13 September 2018

BIRA takes its business rates proposal to the Houses of Parliament

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), which represents thousands of independent retailers in the UK, has presented its plan for business rates reform to MPs at the Houses of Parliament. BIRA asked MPs to consider changing the current ... 
13 September 2018

New home management site launched to UK market has launched this week after its founders spied a gap in the market with Brits looking for for digital services to make their lives easier. The site is set up to provide consumers with a ‘one stop shop’ concept, aiming to simplify ... 
13 September 2018

“Challenging” home market and promotions wipe out profits at John Lewis

Department store chain’s profits take a tumble, as home ranges struggle during the first half and margins are eaten away by the most promotional activity the business has seen in a decade.Gross sales were flat in the first half, up just 0.8%... 
13 September 2018

Toolstation introduces new AI technology into its omnichannel strategy

Emarsys, the independent marketing platform, has announced that Toolstation has expanded its partnership with Emarsys to include personalised direct mail and link a highly-effective physical channel to its digital marketing strategy. The new deal ... 
13 September 2018

Argos introduces new voice service

Argos has announced customers can use just their voice to reserve technology, toys and home essentials for same-day pick up from more than 850 Argos stores by using the Google Assistant (available on most Android phones, iOS or smart speakers like ... 
12 September 2018

Garden King purchases site after reporting record trading

The garden centre has just completed the purchase of its site in Newhall, Swadlincote, having rented from neighbouring Buildbase (Grafton Merchanting Ltd) since Garden King started trading in 2000. The news follows “fantastic year of trading”, says ... 
11 September 2018

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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

B&Q bob
They have taken away showroom staff commission most earning a minimum of £300 a month and replaced it with an extra 50p an hour! So the ...

re: Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

Does this mean other premises in the same retail parks, with the same landlords, will also see their rents reduced by 50%? It is only fair!...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

BQ bob
No employees will be worse off! That's what they said when they changed staff wages two years ago now older staff are £2300 a year worse ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

Clas Ohlson was a favourite shop for shopping. Over the years since it opened I always shopped for small electronic items which were very ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

L Shepherd
It is a pity CL couldn't move across the road to Centrale and set up a new format shop there. Now there is no other shop like Clas Olson ...

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