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Screwfix ranks first in customer satisfaction survey 24-Apr-2014
In a survey of more than 5,800 people, Screwfix tops the DIY category in terms of customer satisfaction.

Strong first quarter for Travis Perkins and Wickes 24-Apr-2014
Travis Perkins reports strong sales growth for the first quarter of 2014 ending March 31, with like-for-like sales up by 12.7%.

BHETA warns of new fraud operation 24-Apr-2014
After one if its members was defrauded of more than £2,000, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association has called on suppliers to be extra vigilant about invoicing queries.

Next spreads further into home improvement with opening of first Bedshop 24-Apr-2014
Fashion retailer Next has opened its first standalone Home & Garden store in Cribbs Causeway Retail Park, Bristol, with the addition of its first-ever Bedshop.

Homeowners increase spending on DIY during Easter 23-Apr-2014
Data released by Visa shows that homeowners spent 6% more in DIY and household stores this Easter weekend compared to Easter last year.

First-ever TV ad for Wilko is ship shape 23-Apr-2014
Value retailer Wilko has launched its first-ever series of TV ads which feature a crew of pirates trying to get one up on a rival ship by decorating theirs with Wilko products.

Which? awards Resolva Bug Killer Gardening 'Best Buy' status 23-Apr-2014
Consumer organisation Which? handed Resolva Bug Killer the Gardening 'Best Buy' status after the product came out on top in tests against 10 other ready to use products.

Retailers flock to Madrid for the third Home Improvement Forum 23-Apr-2014
The event in Madrid is set to be attended by 120 ceo's and senior executives from more than 50 home improvement companies from all over the world.

John Lewis to celebrate 150 years with rooftop garden 22-Apr-2014
The roof of John Lewis' flagship store on Oxford Street will be transformed into a garden to celebrate 150 years of the company.

A warm Easter fails to tempt the nation to shop 22-Apr-2014
Retailers suffered a drop in shopper numbers over the Easter weekend, despite the weather being remarkably warmer than last year.

Stax reports £2m uplift in March 22-Apr-2014
Wholesaler Stax Trade Centres reported a record £2m uplift in sales last month, boosted by garden sales, and predicts a strong April on the back of the breakdown in negotiations between Scotts and Solus.

Homebase signs deal for more info on TV ads and customers 17-Apr-2014
Homebase has signed a three-year deal with customer intelligence specialist Sky IQ to help the retailer gain a better understanding of the television viewing and buying habits of its customers.

Toddler's Easter bunny drama triggers garden centre lockdown 17-Apr-2014
A Lancashire garden centre drew a major police presence yesterday after a toddler went missing on the premises.

Furniture ad misled over price comparisons 17-Apr-2014
A furniture maker has been rebuked over an ad that made misleading comparisons about the prices and quality of its products.

Shop fitting firm Havelock Europa announces return to profit 17-Apr-2014
Havelock Europa has released its year-end results for 2013 ending December 31, which show a leap in pre-tax profit to £0.6m, compared to a loss of £0.5m in 2012.

March brings shoppers flocking back to the high street 17-Apr-2014
A disappointing figure for March retail sales has been offset by encouraging footfall numbers.

Westland invests in TV advertising for key brands 17-Apr-2014
Westland Horticulture will showcase its Resolva weedkiller brand and Aftercut Even Flo over the Easter and May Bank holiday weekends, hoping to reach more than tensof millions of customers across major TV channels and Sky.

Haxnicks moves from Smart Solar to Tildenet 17-Apr-2014
Smart Solar is relinquishing distributorship of Haxnicks products, which as of June 1 this year will be taken on by the Tildenet Group.

Garsons redevelopment on course for success 17-Apr-2014
Family-run garden centre Garsons has successfully completed phase one of a major redevelopment of its Esher centre, re-roofing its existing gift and furniture area and extending the retail space.
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Costly carrier bags spark surge in shopping trolley sales 16-Apr-2014
What was once one of the most ridiculed accessories seen on British high streets, the wheeled shopping trolley, is now having the last laugh.

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Latest product news

Evo-Stik gets serious 24-Apr-2014
Serious Stuff Ultra from EVO-STIK is one of the strongest adhesives available, says the company.

Gardman packaging keeps bird care fresh 24-Apr-2014
Gardman's new wild bird care 'keep fresh' packaging means garden centre retailers can now create a more attractive on shelf display that will help drive up sales, says the company.

A new way to barbecue with Gardeco 24-Apr-2014
Gardeco Ltd has developed a new way for barbequing with the new Chim Stove accessory for its Tia Chimenea.

New state-of-the-art LED Lenser torch 24-Apr-2014
LED Lenser has launched the P7QC torch, which features four different colours of light (white, red, green, blue) that can be accessed by simply turning the turning switch.

Barrettine preservers promise professional finish 16-Apr-2014
Barrettine Products says its wood preservers are of the highest quality.

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Latest people news

John Sinfield becomes new chairman of the Construction Products Association 23-Apr-2014
Taking over from the ceo of Travis Perkins, Geoff Cooper, John Sinfield has been appointed as the new chairman of the Construction Products Association (CPA).

Brett Martin appoints new technical sales mananger 16-Apr-2014
Rooflight manufacturer Brett Martin Daylight Systems has appointed Tony Isaac as its new technical sales manager for the Midlands, south west and South Wales areas.

Sky Sports News sponsorship deal for Sandtex 15-Apr-2014
The UK's leading masonry paint brand Sandtex has signed a deal to sponsor Sky Sports News at Ten for 17 weeks.

Graham & Brown appoints new head of design 11-Apr-2014
Mike McGuire joins international wallpaper manufacturer Graham & Brown as its new head of design.

New product certification manager for Polyseam 8-Apr-2014
Sealants and adhesive manufacturer Polyseam has appointed Neil Heffernan as product certification manager to drive its product testing and certification programme.

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