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Is till-free the way forward?

This week saw Sainsbury's launch the first-ever till-free store in the UK and Argos open its first self-service digital store. But some experts ask if digitalising the way consumers shop enough of a solution for bricks-and-mortar stores? On Monday, ... 
3 May 2019

Borrowing for home improvements on the rise

The average home improvement loan has increased by 16% in 2019, with households in the South East borrowing more for home improvements than any other region in the first quarter of this year, whilst the East Midlands saw biggest spike in home ... 
3 May 2019

Kingfisher launches new brand GoodHome in Wallington

On April 26 2019, the new GoodHome by B&Q store opened at 31 – 35 Stafford Road, Wallington offering a new simpler way of shopping for home improvement projects.Kingfisher describe the store as fresh, modern and a local store that offers much ... 
2 May 2019

The internet proves a powerful tool for millennial gardeners

Latest research conducted by Common Sense Gardening, an initiative from the Garden Group of the Crop Protection Association (CPA), reveals that 75% of millennials who garden use search engines to source advice and tips on how to grow produce. ... 
1 May 2019

Tong Garden Centre announced as finalist in industry awards

Tong Garden Centre has announced it is a finalist in two awards of a horticulture industry competition. The business has been shortlisted in the Best New-Build, Refurbishment, Refit or Extension and the Best Sales or Marketing Campaign Categories of ... 
1 May 2019

GIMA secures strong retailer line-up for Buyer Connect

Garden and home retailers, Klondyke Group, Crocus, Wayfair, Haskins Garden Centres are all confirmed to take part in GIMA’s upcoming networking event next month.GIMA confirmed today that the horticultural buyer from Klondyke Group is the latest ... 
30 April 2019

HTA reports a strong start to gardening season

The April 2019 issue of HTA Market Update, published this week, reported that nationally, garden centre sales recovered well from last March, which saw the UK hit with two large bouts of snow and quashed Mother’s Day sales.This year, the first half ... 
30 April 2019

Revenue "flat" for Akzo Q1 figures

Akzo Nobel reported its Q1 figures, reporting revenue as flat in a seasonally low quarter; up 1% in constant currencies, with positive price/mix offset by 7% lower volumes; acquisitions contributed 1%. Adjusted operating income was up by 9% at €163 ... 
29 April 2019

Carpetright restructure restores confidence amongst customers

The carpet and floorcoverings retailer announced LFL sales in its UK operations were up “significantly” in Q4, as customer confidence in the business started to return following the group’s restructuring last year.In the financial update for the 12 ... 
25 April 2019

Asda disappointed by CMA ruling

As Sainsbury’s accuses CMA of taking £1billion out of customers’ pockets by blocking the deal, Asda and its parent firm, Walmart said they were “right to explore merger” with fellow UK grocery chain, Sainsbury’s, adding that its main aim was to ... 
25 April 2019

Outdoor plant sales rise in spring

The start of spring saw sales in outdoor plants soar at garden centres across the country, the Garden Centre Association reported. During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same month the previous year, in 2018, according to ... 
25 April 2019

Sainsburys Asda merger blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled today that the proposed merger cannot go ahead, as UK shoppers would be “worse off” due to reduced competition in the market, with expected price hikes and a drop in quality. But Sainsbury’s ... 
25 April 2019

Squires opens florist at Badshot Lea centre

Local florist Petal & Stem – run by a former Squire’s employee – has set up shop in a prime position just inside the entrance of Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea.Customers will now be able to buy bouquets of cut flowers at the centre ... 
24 April 2019

Leekes awarded bag accolade at the Finance Awards

Welsh retailer, Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has been awarded Medium/Large Finance Team of the Year in the second annual Finance Awards Wales.The family-run independent business was presented with the accolade during a ceremony held at Cardiff’s ... 
24 April 2019

Easter Weekend sees sales soar

The hot and sunny weather has had a hugely positive result for retail destinations this weekend, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% on Friday, +1.2% on Saturday and +8.4% by 12pm on Easter Monday. This is a clear contrast to Easter 2018, when ... 
23 April 2019

Online spending continues to see growth

Today’s ONS retail sales figures revealed that online spending continues to rise. The percentage of online purchases has risen by 8.0% in March 2019 in comparison to March 2018.The sector has witnessed tremendous growth the results report, with ... 
18 April 2019

Topps Tiles acquires controlling stake in Strata Tiles

In a bid to further grow its commercial business, Topps has paid £3.3million for 80% of the issued share capital of Strata Tiles Ltd, a supplier of tiles to the commercial market ... 
18 April 2019

Debenhams CEO plans exit, as shareholder stakes wiped out

Sergio Bucher is reportedly planning to step down from his role at the department store chain within the next few days, following the appointment of administrators and the suspension of shares, announced last week.The de-listing of shares, announced ... 
18 April 2019

Wickes targets easter weekend DIY-ers in new campaign

Wickes, the home improvement retailer, has today launched its first ever digital out of home and radio roadblock campaign to capture the attention of consumers during the busiest period of the year for DIY.Devised by out-of-home (OOH) and location ... 
18 April 2019

Value of UK pet market set to hit £7billion by 2021

The market continues to see growth, as millennials’ passion for pampering pets fuels demand for fashionable, luxurious accessories. Even in turbulent economic times, Brits are putting pets’ wellbeing before their own – and that’s music to the ears of ... 
17 April 2019
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