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More consumers turn to DIY ... or at least pay someone else to do it

Consumers who are putting off buying big tickets items are increasingly turning to DIY or firms that can do the work for them. 
12 January 2009

Christmas sales boost for John Lewis

John Lewis has shrugged off last week's profits slump to announce sales of its Christmas products were showing an 11.3% week-on-week increase. 
25 November 2008

John Lewis sales figures show further fall

John Lewis sales figures plunged by 14% last week fueling fears cash conscience customers are trading down from the high-end stores due to the economic turn down. 
21 November 2008

M&S goes international

Marks & Spencer has launched an international delivery service giving potentially millions of customers access to its home accessories range through the internet. 
18 November 2008

Garden centre speaker for Housewares Conference

With DIY and garden retailers constantly evolving and adapting their businesses, many have looked to housewares as a way of diversifying and capturing more consumer spend. To this end, The Housewares Conference is thrilled to be able to address the subject head on at this year's conference. 
15 February 2008

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re: UPDATE: Social housing B&Q vouchers leaving DIY SMEs out in the cold

Anne Duffy
I got an £85 b&q decoration card was told got on the 6th March & they said it was used on the 8th which would be hard as I went to use it ...

re: Homebase scraps Spend & Save loyalty scheme

Gel
Homebase have also abandoned the "Click + Collect" service they offered until recently. A useful facility that has been removed by the new ...

re: John Lewis profits plummets by more than 50%

Paul
Not surprised by this. My small experaince with them was lots of staff walking around in 2 or 3's chatting not offering to help. When ...

re: STIHL to showcase cordless garden tool range at Glee

Gel
I wonder if this means that their previous lock down on Stihl dealers selling outside their area is now gone, or just on these Li Ion ...

re: Homebase scraps Spend & Save loyalty scheme

Jeff
I have an expired Homebase card. Have they stopped issuing new ones or renewing old ones? If so has it been replaced by Nectar card...

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