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New JYSK in Oldham set for Spring 2020

YSK, the Scandinavian-owned multi-billion Euro furniture brand, has announced it will open in Oldham in Spring 2020. 
14 January 2020

Travis Perkins sells wholesale Plumbing & Heating business

Travis Perkins' management team has confirmed the sale of its wholesale plumbing & heating business, Primaflow F&P, to Newbury Investments (UK). 
13 January 2020

International Hardware fair fully booked

The International Hardware Fair 2020 is now fully booked; around 2,800 exhibitors from more than 55 countries are expected. 
13 January 2020

AMES UK report a record pre-season

AMES UK is reporting an uplift on 2018 of over 46% on a like-for-like basis across Kelkay, Woodshaw and La Hacienda. 
10 January 2020

Poor Christmas retail figures blamed on desire to consume less

Christmas High Streets and supermarket sales figures are coming thick and fast and the picture looks bleak for many retailers, while the British Retail Consortium is saying last year was the worst for retail in 25 years. 
10 January 2020

Dormole continues investment in Tools and Fixings Trade

Forgefix owner, Dormole, has continued its policy of investing in independent suppliers to the Tools and Fixings Trade, by taking a majority stake in Harrison & Clough (H&C), the fixings and fasteners wholesaler based in Keighley, UK. 
10 January 2020

Bord na Mona announces name change to The Greener Gardening Company

Bord na Mona has announced that the UK retail arm of the business will change its name to The Greener Gardening Company, effective from 1 February 2020. 
9 January 2020

Strong growth in second quarter for Dunelm

Dunelm Group has reported a strong trading update for the 13-week and 26-week periods ended 28 December 2019. 
9 January 2020

Kate Adie to speak at GCA conference

Former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie CBE has been announced as a speaker at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Bristol this month (January 26-29). 
9 January 2020

Screwfix unveils new product catalogue

Screwfix has unveiled its 140th product catalogue. 
9 January 2020

John Lewis Partnership Christmas trading were down 1.8%

Gross Christmas sales at the John Lewis Partnership were down 1.8% versus 2018 to £2,167 million. 
9 January 2020

New restaurant opens at Notcutts in Ditchling

Notcutts Garden Pride Garden Centre in Ditchling, East Sussex, has opened a new restaurant with dining for up to 300 people.


8 January 2020

Webinar for online retailing in overseas markets launched

Gardenex is planning a programme of webinars and initiatives on online retailing in overseas markets to be held in conjunction with the E-Exporting team at the Department for International Trade and Infinity Blue Marketplaces. 
8 January 2020

Bira teams up with EKM

Bira has teamed up with ecommerce specialist EKM to provide members with a trusted way to build an online presence while supporting their bricks-and-mortar retail business. 
8 January 2020

AkzoNobel completes share buyback

AkzoNobel has repurchased 300,764 of its own ordinary shares in the period from 30 December 2019, up to and including 3 January 2020, at an average price of €90.92 per share. The consideration of the repurchase was €27.35 million. 
8 January 2020

Toolstation extends opening hours

Toolstation branches are now open until 8pm on weekday evenings. 
7 January 2020

Screwfix celebrates 40 years

Omnichannel retailer, Screwfix turned 40 in December 2019. 
7 January 2020

Showroom success for Lakes with Jewson

National builders’ merchant Jewson has recently updated its showroom in Flitwick to include Lakes’ new Bay Series and premium stone resin trays, Lakes Stone 
7 January 2020

GCA members to compete for Worrall Cup

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) can put their marketing campaigns and initiatives to the test as part of the organisation’s annual Worrall Cup competition (January, 2020). 
6 January 2020

New Chief Customer and Digital Officer for Kingfisher

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has announced the appointment of Jean-Jacques (JJ) Van Oosten as chief customer and digital officer. 
6 January 2020

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