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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.

BHETA stages Meet the Buyer event with TGCG 16-Apr-2014
A team from The Garden Centre Group (TGCG) will come together with members of the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) at its next Meet the Buyer event.
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Glee hires Neil Gow to drive new initiatives 16-Apr-2014
Former Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) director Neil Gow has joined the Glee team, helping to drive a number of new initiatives that have been introduced for the 2014 show.

Lighting and security feature in Amazon's new automation website 16-Apr-2014
Amazon has launched a new online Home Automation Store focusing on, amongst other products, lighting, home monitoring and security lines.

Garden centre catering firm opens London office 16-Apr-2014
Gloucester-based Space Catering Equipment, which provides commercial kitchen design services and equipment to garden centres, is opening its first London office.

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Latest product news in Knives & scrapers

Lifetime Perfection guarantee 22-Jun-2011
Hamilton Acorn offers its Perfection Scale Tang range of filling and stripping knives.

Everbuild's gold standard 6-Oct-2010
Everbuild's Plumbers Gold was put through its paces by expert engineers from Pimlico Plumbers.

Preparation is key to a perfect finish 12-May-2009
Surface preparation is all important in achieving a professional finish and using the right tool will not only make light work of most jobs, but also offers the retailer a great opportunity for add-on sales.

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