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Home Hardware names its Retailer of the Year 24-Nov-2015
Philip and Kate Wyatt of Somerset independent Ilminster Home Hardware are celebrating having been declared Home Hardware Retailer of the Year at the organisation's convention this month.

Living Wage plea to Chancellor 24-Nov-2015
Bringing forward the Living Wage timetable in tomorrow's Autumn Statement would be "devastating for businesses", the Chancellor is being warned.

Vets and grooming boost Pets at Home 24-Nov-2015
Pets at Home's ambitious expansion plans are on track, the retailer said today, as it released its half-year results.

Recovering economy delivers UK growth in Kingfisher's Q3 24-Nov-2015
A stronger economy helped combined sales at Kingfisher's UK B&Q and Screwfix businesses rise by 5.5%, and by 4.6% on a like-for-like basis, in the 13 weeks to October 31, the company said this morning.

Home Retail Group shares jump over sale rumours 23-Nov-2015
Homebase and Argos parent company's share prices increase over rumours that it has caught the eye of private equity firms.
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John Herbert to speak at GCA conference 19-Nov-2015
The General Secretary of both the DIY-Retail Association (EDRA) and the Global Home Improvement Network (GHIN), John Herbert will fly in from Germany to speak at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) golden jubilee event in January

Hitachi buys Metabo 18-Nov-2015
Japanese power tool giant Hitachi Koki has announced that it will acquire 100% ownership of German power tool firm Metabo Aktiengesellschaft (Metabo) and its parent company.

Europe gives the all-clear to Roundup and glyphosate 18-Nov-2015
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide products, has effectively been given a clean bill of health by European regulatory authorities.

Suspended prison sentences for Floors-2-Go directors 18-Nov-2015
Two directors of Floors-2-Go have been handed suspended prison sentences after the retail chain collapsed into administration for a third time.
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Broad Street DIY scoops Retail Excellence award 18-Nov-2015
Bromsgrove independent Broad Street DIY has been awarded a highly-commended accolade at the Midlands Family Business of the Year.

Major plant supplier John Woods Nurseries in administration 17-Nov-2015
John Woods Nurseries, one of the UK's leading suppliers of plants to the garden retail market, has gone into administration.

Woodie's sees like-for-like growth as recovery in Irish market continues 12-Nov-2015
Woodie's DIY, part of the Grafton Group, reported good like-for-like figures in its parent's latest interim trading statement, boosted by an increase in consumer spending and confidence in Ireland.

Notcutts reports huge profit jump and reveals big investment plans 12-Nov-2015
Family-owned garden centre, Notcutts has revealed a 469% profit increase for the 12 months to February 2015, from £1.3m the previous year to £7.4m.
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Sales of outdoor categories up in October 11-Nov-2015
Garden centres across the UK report a surge in sales of furniture and outdoor plants during October, with early indications of Christmas sales also good.

Brits spend £1m on digital gift cards 11-Nov-2015
A digital gift card provider has announced that Britons have bought £1 million worth of digital gift cards over the past 12 months

Asda steps away from Black Friday chaos 11-Nov-2015
Following the chaos seen in stores last year, Walmart-owned retailer, Asda, has announced that it will scale back promotions on Black Friday in response to customer demand.

Decco teams up with Greenfingers 10-Nov-2015
Wholesaler Decco has been announced as the logistics partner for Greenfingers' 'Turn Old into Gold' Scheme

Halloween drives footfall surge in October 9-Nov-2015
Halloween and the half-term holidays spelled good news for UK retailers, with the last week of October becoming the busiest shopping week of the year.

Shower market to benefit from water saving and ageing population 9-Nov-2015
Following a relatively volatile period, there has been a notable increase in the market for showering products, and this year its value is predicted to have risen by around 4% over 2014.

Brits head outdoors this Christmas 9-Nov-2015
Nearly a third of Brits want to enjoy their turkey alfresco this Christmas, says new survey, as more people than ever embrace the growing trend of eating outdoors all year round.

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