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Bunnings Warehouse opens in Penge

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Penge today (8 March 2018).The new store is over 40,000 square feet and offers customers leading home improvement and garden products from a wide range of global ... 
8 March 2018

John Lewis expect trading to be "volatile" in 2018/19

John Lewis Partnership Plc has released its full year results for the 52 weeks ended January 27, 2018.For the first five weeks of the year, Partnership gross sales were up 0.6% on last year. Waitrose gross sales were up 2.7% (up 2.4% like-for-like, ... 
8 March 2018

Bathroom Takeaway awarded quadruple Feefo gold trusted service awards

Bathroom Takeaway has been awarded four prestigious Feefo Gold Service awards across its European operations, recognising its exceptional multi-lingual customer service team.Feefo Gold Trusted Service is an independent seal of excellence that ... 
7 March 2018

New Screwfix store to arrive in Malton

Trade retailer, Screwfix is set to officially open its first store in Malton on 8 March 2018 at Malton Enterprise Park. The new branch will create 12 new jobs in the area and will help local tradespeople get what they need as quickly as possible to ... 
7 March 2018

Carpetright issues second profit warning of the year

British floor coverings retailer, Carpetright issued its second profit warning of the year, and warned investors on March 1 that trading conditions had remained difficult since its last update on 19 January, where it reported revised full year ... 
6 March 2018

Successful Garden Press Event despite snow

The snowy weather in London didn’t dampen spirits at the Garden Press Event which took place on 28 February 2018. The 13th year of the event, which is dedicated to showcasing the garden industry to the media, saw the event move to a new venue – the ... 
5 March 2018

Wyevale Nurseries unveil three new plants

One of the UK’s leading nurseries officially unveiled three new plants to consumers at the Garden Press Event in London on February 28 2018.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford launched Daphne odora x bholua ‘Perfume Princess’, Dianella tasmanica Wyeena ... 
5 March 2018

New look website and resources for National Children's Gardening Week 2018

To celebrate the fourth year of National Children’s Gardening week and it’s ‘adoption’ by the HTA, a new look website for National Children’s Gardening Week has been unveiled, along with a suite of free resources for the garden industry to get ... 
5 March 2018

Consumer spending continues its downward spiral

February Shop price deflation deepened to 0.8% in February from 0.5% in January. Shop Prices have been reported to be deflationary for 58 months now. Deflation in Non-Food prices deepened in February, with prices decreasing at a rate of 2.2% ... 
28 February 2018

"Declining consumer confidence" hits Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins plc, parent company of Wickes, Toolstation and Tile Giant has released its full year results for 2017, ending December 31. Revenue growth of 3.5% was reported in 2017, with like-for-like growth of 3.3%.Adjusted operating profit of £... 
28 February 2018

CBI survey shows growth in hardware and DIY sector

Retail sales growth slowed for the third month in a row in the year to February, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.Orders placed on suppliers were broadly flat over the year, but are expected to pick up slightly next ... 
26 February 2018

Screwfix celebrates successful store opening in Pontypool

Screwfix has had a successful launch of its most recent store opening at Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate. The store officially opened its doors on Thursday 15th February with hundreds of eager customers ready to stock-up on the latest tools and trade ... 
26 February 2018

Squire’s opens new-look garden centre in Woking

Squire’s Garden Centres has re-opened its Woking centre following a “significant extension”, which has seen the shop expanded and the catering offer completely revamped.The centre on Littlewick Road in Woking, has benefitted from a complete ... 
23 February 2018

Wesfarmers report huge loss in profits as Homebase failures come to light

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $212 million for the half-year ended December 31, 2017. The reported profit includes post-tax significant items of $1,323 million relating to Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland (BUKI) ... 
21 February 2018

The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

Expanding furniture to DIY retailer The Range has agreed a deal to open a new store at a soon-to-close Homebase outlet in Cardiff.Last week Homebase confirmed it was closing its flagship Cardiff store at Culverhouse Cross on March 10.The unit, which ... 
21 February 2018

Ikea set for new store opening in Exeter

Diggers have been busy building IKEA Exeter since the official ground breaking ceremony in spring 2017.The store will be located just off Junction 30 on the M5, close to the A379 and will offer the full Ikea product range including a restaurant, ... 
20 February 2018

Grafton Group acquires Leyland SDM for £82.4million

The deal will see the merchanting and DIY group enhance its estate of large-format Selco branches with the addition of Leyland’s ‘small-box’ style convenience outlets across central London. Grafton Group, which has operations in the UK, Ireland, ... 
19 February 2018

Aldi launches DIY range in its 'Specialbuys' section as consumers look to discount retailers

Aldi has released an extended range of DIY tools and products in its Specialbuys section yesterday, as consumers flock to discount retailers for homeware goods.The range features a wide selection of "top-quality and excellent value tools and ... 
19 February 2018

BHETA to hold Exclusively briefing for exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a half-day briefing session for members planning to exhibit at this year’s Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Shows. The briefing takes place on March 1 at Federation ... 
16 February 2018

Kingfisher to axe 400 jobs in France

Europe's largest home improvement retailer, said on Tuesday it planned to cut more than 400 jobs at its Castorama and Brico Depot units in France as it seeks to reduce costs amid weak sales.Kingfisher, which is in the second year of a global plan to ... 
16 February 2018

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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

B&Q bob
They have taken away showroom staff commission most earning a minimum of £300 a month and replaced it with an extra 50p an hour! So the ...

re: Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

Does this mean other premises in the same retail parks, with the same landlords, will also see their rents reduced by 50%? It is only fair!...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

BQ bob
No employees will be worse off! That's what they said when they changed staff wages two years ago now older staff are £2300 a year worse ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

Clas Ohlson was a favourite shop for shopping. Over the years since it opened I always shopped for small electronic items which were very ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

L Shepherd
It is a pity CL couldn't move across the road to Centrale and set up a new format shop there. Now there is no other shop like Clas Olson ...

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