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Houseplants sales still soaring

The resurgence of houseplants within the younger generation has seen an upward trend in the category amongst Garden Centre Association (GCA) members. According to the GCA’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for October 2017, sales of houseplants were ... 
27 November 2017

Homebase offer brand price match gaurantee

Homebase has begun offering a brand price match gaurantee to help ensure the company's "prices are competitive", and if you have purchased a branded item from Homebase and find the identical branded product in stock and cheaper elsewhere then the ... 
24 November 2017

AkzoNobel and SOS Children's Villages to widen global partnership

A partnership between Akzo Nobel and SOS Children's Villages designed to help fight youth unemployment - through education and renovation training programs - is being expanded to include six new countries.After joining forces earlier this year, the ... 
23 November 2017

HTA gives evidence at EFRA Committee hearing on Brexit

The hopes and concerns of the garden industry post-Brexit were made clear to Westminster representatives at a Select Committee Inquiry on 15 November, and to 19 parliamentarians at a very successful joint dinner, held by the APPGHG and EFRA Select ... 
23 November 2017

Chancellor delivers 'business-friendly' budget

Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget statement, responses have been made regarding various key points that will impact the DIY retail industry.In brief, living wage is up to £7.83 an hour from £7.50, £3billion set aside for Brexit ... 
22 November 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Akzo and Axalta merger off the table

Dutch coatings firm Akzo Nobel has confirmed today that it has ended discussions with Axalta.On October 30, Akzo responded to speculation in the market and confirmed it was in “constructive discussions” regarding a potential merger of the Akzo Nobel ... 
21 November 2017

Sales exceed £750m at The Range

Turnover has increased to more than £750m at The Range as the discount retailer continues to expand with new store openings.The company recently secured planning consent for a superstore and new headquarters in Plymouth, the site of its first outlet.... 
21 November 2017

Tile Giant appoints Premier Logistics Group to manage store delivery

Tile Giant has appointed Premier Logistics Group to manage its store delivery operation. The three-year contract will see Premier Logistics delivering stock to Tile Giant’s UK stores on a daily basis, utilising specialist trailers bearing the ... 
21 November 2017

Kingfisher reports drop in third quarter sales but confident in meeting full-year forecasts

Kingfisher has reported a 0.5% fall in group like-for-like sales for the three months to October 31. Although that was an improvement on a second quarter fall of 1.9% there was a small fall in underlying third quarter sales as a weak performance in ... 
21 November 2017

VARTA Batteries has its moment in the Christmas spotlight

VARTA Consumer Batteries is launching a £1 million Christmas campaign, an investment that will see the challenger brand reach a UK audience of 22 million* this festive season.The campaign, led by a TV advert, which will air for the first time on 22 ... 
20 November 2017

DFS completes acquisition of Sofology

DFS has been cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to acquire Sofology for £25m.The deal to acquire the Warrington-based sofa specialist with a network of 37 stores, was struck in August.The CMA opened an investigation and invited ... 
20 November 2017

UPDATE: Homebase "committed to stop" using neonicotinoids by 2018

Earlier this week Friends of the Earth presented a petition to Homebase with over 18,000 signatures urging the store not to sell flowering plants grown with three neonicotinoid pesticides.Homebase, has since released a statement and promises to ... 
17 November 2017

Lighting industry calls for more accountability for online sellers

Speaking at this year’s Lux Live lighting show, RecoLight’s Nigel Harvey urged the industry to respond to the Government’s consultation on proposed changes to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, with an onus on tackling ... 
17 November 2017

Ruxley Rose judge sees ‘plant area confidence’

THE 20 finalists in the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Ruxley Rose competition have recently (November, 2017) been judged and there is strong evidence of continued enthusiasm for selling plants at member centres.The two winners, judged to have ... 
17 November 2017

Retailers urged to be wary of counterfeit goods on Black Friday

British retailers have been told to be wary of the “dark side of Black Friday”, as the authorities continue to ramp up their attempts to bring counterfeiters to justice. The global counterfeit goods industry is said to be worth nearly £380 billion a ... 
17 November 2017

Clothing sales jumped 32% at garden centres in September

The new autumn/winter season saw garden centre customers stocking up on warm clothing and accessories during September, according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Total sales in clothing departments across GCA ... 
16 November 2017

Hundreds queue for Wilko store opening in Edinburgh

Local shoppers were out in force today when Wilko opened its doors at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre, Edinburgh. Queues outside the new store started forming at 6.30am with more than 300 shoppers keen to get a first look at the new Wilko store.The ... 
16 November 2017

Garden items sought by German and Romanian buyers at Gardenex ‘Meet the International Buyers’ event

Buyers from a specialist German online retailer and mail order company that specialises in British products, as well as garden distributors from Germany and Romania (each with an online presence too) will be travelling to the UK on 30 November 2017 ... 
16 November 2017

B&M opens Newport store today

The relocation of B&M's Newport store at East Retail Park has been completed, opening to the public today, Wednesday, 15 November. The store opening comes as a boost to the local economy with an increase in the number of employees by 60.... 
15 November 2017

Tile Trader launches 'Tiling for a Good Cause' initiative

Online tile retailer, Tile Trader, has launched a nationwide initiative called “Tiling for a Good Cause” and is urging members of the public to nominate a space in their local area in need of a tiling makeover.The initiative is designed to give one ... 
15 November 2017

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re: Acana tackles carpet moths with carpet & fabric moth killer and freshener

Stephanie Ferrante
Hello, could someone from customer service call me - I am located in the US and we have a moth/ carpet issue. I am going to purchase this ...

re: Tommy Walsh: 'I'm really proud of my £1 tools'

Gregory ciacci
paint brushes good but paint roller sponge keeps fallinf off as i am painting doesnt help if i am doing big front room wall like i have ...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

No BQ employees affected - how come???when they're unemployed and losing a wage.....derrrrr...

re: Kingfisher opens first net zero energy store

Guy Eames
well done kingfisher! I’m going to make this store my main diy supply base. Perfect example of where sustainability is a win-win. ...

re: The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

susan way
please can you tell me when the new range will be open on culverhouse cross is please thank you...

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