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Hillview acquires the Garden Store 12-Sep-2014
Hillview Garden Centres, the garden retail arm of merchant banking firm The Hillview Group, has today confirmed the acquisition of The Garden Store business and its six garden retail sites.

Store closures cause Homebase's sales to dip in Q2 11-Sep-2014
The Home Retail Group-owned retailer reported a 2.8% sales decline in Q2, impacted mainly, said the company, by the closure of six stores during the period - a 2.9% reduction in net store space.

DIY Week Awards: Your chance to win Gold 11-Sep-2014
Entry to the DIY Week Awards is now open, with Gold awards in 16 categories up for grabs and the chance for outstanding retailers and innovative products to take centre stage on February 16, 2015.

Home Hardware pays out £140k to members 10-Sep-2014
Home Hardware Southwest has recently paid £140,000 to its members in the form of dividends and rebates.

Folkestone gold rush sends spade sales soaring 10-Sep-2014
A Kent branch of B&Q is experiencing phenomenal sales of spades and sieves as locals crowd onto the beach to prospect for gold.

Screwfix shines in Kingfisher H1 but B&Q on a 10-year high 10-Sep-2014
Screwfix continued to outshine B&Q in Kingfisher's first half, the group revealed today as it reported retail profit from the UK and Ireland business up 17.7% to £166m, and sales up 6.6% to £2,419m - 4.4% like for like.

Home Depot data hack could be biggest ever 9-Sep-2014
US home improvement giant The Home Depot has confirmed that its payment systems have been hacked - a data breach that is on target to be the biggest ever experienced.

LED lighting shines - but retail sector remains wary 9-Sep-2014
The LED lighting market is experiencing an explosion in growth - but sales in the retail side of the market remain relatively subdued.

Website reflects home improvement demand 9-Sep-2014, which puts homeowners seeking help with home improvements in touch with tradespeople, says it has seen £812m-worth of job postings this year so far.

Shopping centres beat high streets on vacancy reduction 9-Sep-2014
Shopping centres are filling empty shops faster than town centres - and one in two shops in shopping centres are now independents.

Squire's trailblazing garden centre is 50 years old 8-Sep-2014
Squire's first-ever garden centre, in Twickenham, is celebrating half a century in business this month.

Topps Tiles opens fourth Boutique store in capital 8-Sep-2014
London's Bayswater has been chosen as the fourth site for one of Topps Tiles' new high street Boutique stores.

Most retailers think it will be a happy Christmas 8-Sep-2014
This Christmas will perform at least as well as last year's, and most likely better.

BHETA puts new focus on export 8-Sep-2014
This month's export forum marked the start of "a concerted export initiative" from the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA).
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Monument supports new launch with competition 8-Sep-2014
Family-run run UK manufacturer Monument Tools has invested in a new promotional campaign, launching a competition for tradesmen to win VIP hospitality tickets to premiership football games.

Dulux set to Ride Across Britain again for charity 5-Sep-2014
Today the Dulux Let's Colour Cycle Team is making its way down to Land's End to begin the epic Ride Across Britain event tomorrow, cycling 969 miles in nine days.

Crown Paints renews Through the Keyhole sponsorship 4-Sep-2014
Crown made a return to our screens last weekend, as ITV welcomes back a second series of Through the Keyhole.

Home Hardware Scotland lauches new website 4-Sep-2014
Home Hardware (Scotland) Ltd has launched its new, member-owned website, to coincide with the distribution its Autumn brochure at the start of this month.
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Mannequin Dickie reveals the shocking truth 3-Sep-2014
Shoppers in Cambridge have come to know and love Dickie, the mannequin who stands outside their local hardware shop - but now it seems there's a whole lot more to Dickie than anyone realised.

Full-year sales and profits struggle at Wilko 3-Sep-2014
Latest full-year figures from Wilko Retail reveal that the variety retailer has had a tough 12 months, with sales and profits sliding.

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Latest product news in Bagged goods

Everbuild's Jetcem additons 16-Sep-2010
Everbuild Building Products bought the quick-setting cement brand Jetcem in 2007, and since then the product range has gone from strength to strength, says the company.

Dansand distribution deal 11-Jan-2010
Dansand and Bradstone have joined forces to distribute Tommy Walsh's Choice Dansand joint filling sand.

Dansand at Glee 28-Oct-2009
TV DIY and building guru Tommy Walsh visited Glee to launch Tommy Walsh's Choice Dansand Joint Filling Sand.

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