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DIY retailers report brisk growth 30-Apr-2015
Hardware and DIY retailers reported the strongest sales growth since November 2013, up 61% in the year to April, according to the Confederation of British Industry's (CBI) latest Distributive Trades Survey.

Cost management continues at Homebase 29-Apr-2015
With store closures ahead of schedule, as Homebase's Productivity Plan progresses, parent firm Home Retail Group looks to streamline head office, with a view to investing back into the business in the future.
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O'Keeffe's lands listing in major high street chain 29-Apr-2015
After a successful month-long trial in around 100 Boots stores, O'Keeffe's Working Hands has now secured a permanent presence in the hand care section of the high street giant.

Bond It invests half a million in additional production capabilities 28-Apr-2015
To help facilitate its ongoing expansion, the building chemicals manufacturer Bond It has made two six-figure investments, totally almost £500,000 into its production capabilities.

Scholarship opportunity offered by the BCF 28-Apr-2015
The British Coatings Federation (BCF) is offering a unique scholarship for chemistry graduates interested in pursuing a career in the coatings industry.

DIY and gardening takes a dive in March 28-Apr-2015
According to GfK's latest report on the UK retail durable sectors, the DIY/gardening sector suffered particularly in March, compared with the same month last year, as less favourable weather caused declines in many of the gardening product categories.

CBI praises Labour's stamp duty proposal 27-Apr-2015
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today responded to the Labour Party's proposal to scrap stamp duty for first time buyers on properties worth less than £300,000.

Darlac secures new stockist 27-Apr-2015
The Royal National Rose Society (RNRS) has chosen Darlac as its garden tools supplier for a new shop at its rose gardens in Chiswell Green.

What More and Abus support Rainy Day Trust 27-Apr-2015
Plasticware manufacturer What More and security products specialist Abus are among the latest companies to declare their support for industry charity the Rainy Day Trust by signing up as partners.

HTA lines up top speakers for Catering Conference 23-Apr-2015
Charles Campion, food critic and MasterChef judge, and Sarah Dunning, chief executive of the Westmorland Family, have been announced as the keynote speakers at the June conference.

Travis Perkins records 7.2% increase in Q1 23-Apr-2015
Wickes parent continues momentum of 2014 sales increases, with a good performance across almost all areas of the group, including consumer and merchanting.

Tile Choice bags another industry award 22-Apr-2015
DIY Week's Retail Communicator of the Year, Tile Choice is celebrating after being named The Tile Association (TTA) Multiple Retailer of the Year.

Varta celebrates spring listings success with B&Q 22-Apr-2015
Varta has created 40 packs of AA and AAA batteries, which are being stocked exclusively by B&Q.

Charles Bentley steps up investment in UK manufacturing 22-Apr-2015
Loughborough-based brushware business Charles Bentley & Son Ltd is strengthening its East Midlands manufacturing base by investing almost £400,000 in state-of-the-art manufacturing processes.

Younger generation turn to Youtube for DIY help 22-Apr-2015
A quarter of young adults rely on YouTube for DIY advice, according to a new survey, but one in five have to call in experts to fix DIY disasters, costing them £5,000.

Topps opens boutique in St John's Wood 21-Apr-2015
Topps Tiles is growing its chain of small-format boutique stores with a new opening in St John's Wood High Street in north London.

Bord na Móna UK opens new head office 21-Apr-2015
Following another year of record sales, Bord na Móna UK has opened a new UK head office.

42% of renters think home ownership is unachievable 20-Apr-2015
Home ownership now "seems like an impossible dream" for many, says Mintel, whose research has found that 42% of UK renters believe they will never be able to afford their own home.

Taskers lays foundations of third full-range store 20-Apr-2015
Work is now underway on Liverpool retailer Taskers' newest store, which is due to open in the last quarter of this year.

Screwfix in line for Which? award 20-Apr-2015
Screwfix is one of five retailers shortlisted to receive a 2015 Which? Award.

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