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Outdoor living sales continue to soar at John Lewis

As the good weather continues and consumers seek to make the most of their gardens, the department store chain reported another big spike in sales of barbecues and outdoor furniture last week, despite home sales being down overall.Total sales for ... 
5 September 2019

Retail salaries rise, but number of vacancies falls dramatically

As uncertainty looms over the UK economy, retail businesses took action to hike up their pay in August, in a bid to combat a typically tricky period for hiring. In fact, the latest job market data reveals that salaries for new roles have risen by 1.4%... 
5 September 2019

Home Improvement brands report success with 'addressable' ads

Tapi and Bathroom Village are amongst a number of retailers to see targeted TV campaigns give business a boost. According to new research from Sky Media and, addressable TV – which targets a specific customer type or even location – can boost ad ... 
5 September 2019

What More invests in future of employees with apprenticeship scheme

What More UK are investing in the future of employees and young adults in education through funding apprenticeship and NVQ courses at their Altham-based warehouse site.A number of their existing employees, including James Howell and Alex Graham, ... 
5 September 2019

Businesses come together to urge business rates inquiry results

The British Independent Retailers Assocation (BIRA) has joined forces with a number of bodies, including the BRC and Association of Convenience Stores, to urge the Treasury Select Committee to release the findings of its inquiry into business rates. ... 
5 September 2019

Toolbank parent overhauls HR & payroll system

Dormole says it is laying the foundations for future growth by undertaking a major overhaul of its HR and payroll processes in partnership with MHR.The family-owned Dormole group of companies which includes Toolbank, Forgefix, Faithfull, Olympia, ... 
5 September 2019

The Range set to open new store in Derbyshire

Value retailer The Range has announced it is to open another store in Derbyshire later this year. The firm, which sells products for the home, leisure and gardens, has confirmed it will open a new superstore at Somercotes.The building of the new ... 
4 September 2019

Dunelm sees strong growth in store and online

Homeware giant Dunelm Group plc has announced its preliminary results to June 29 2019. The brand’s total like-for-like (LFL) sales increased by 10.7% with strong growth both in stores (7.7%) and dunelm.com (35.1%).Dunelm’s supposed current aim is to ... 
4 September 2019

John Lewis becomes first UK retailer to apply for self-supply water license

John Lewis plc has become the first UK retailer to apply to Ofwat for a water and sewerage self-supply licence. The department store retailer is partnering with Waterscan to facilitate the application process and to subsequently deliver water cost ... 
3 September 2019

Weak consumer spending see retail prices decrease

According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), August Shop Prices fell by 0.4% compared to a 0.1% decrease in July. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases, both of 0.3%, and is the fastest rate of decline since June 2018.Non-... 
2 September 2019

Dulux Academy launches wallpapering challenge

Ahead of International Wallpaper Week (October 7-13), Akzo Nobel’s Dulux Academy is giving decorators the opportunity to create their very own wallpaper before putting their application skills to the test. Now in its third year, the Dulux Academy ... 
30 August 2019

Survey shows Brits want their bathrooms to get smart

Homeowners looking to unwind in their bathroom space means they are seeking technologies to heighten their bathroom experience, taking lavatories, restrooms and water closets from humble necessity to the highlight of the home. Bathroom and shower ... 
30 August 2019

Hayes Garden World releases report promoting meat-free barbecues  

The award-winning Cumbrian-based garden centre has released a new report, as part of its campaign to promote meat-free barbecuing to customers. Brits are estimated to have 168.3million barbecues this year and Hayes Garden World has looked further... 
29 August 2019

The nation’s most Googled DIY questions

With more than 1.2million searches made online for home improvement tasks via Google every year, Safestyle UK says the spirit of DIY is very much alive in the UK. The company looked at Google search data, analysing 1.... 
29 August 2019

Vegtrug secures new UK headquarters

The garden planter manufacturer has announced the recent acquisition of an additional 26,000sq ft warehouse and offices in Colchester, Essex to serve as its UK headquarters. The previous Vegtrug HQ - also in Essex - will be utilised as an online ... 
29 August 2019

Steady growth in the domestic furniture market

AMA Research’s latest ‘Kitchen Furniture Market Report’ reveals that the total UK domestic furniture market has shown steady growth over the past five years, although this upturn has slowed as Brexit uncertainty weighs on consumer confidence.However,... 
28 August 2019

Research reveals nation’s biggest DIY bugbears when viewing a property

Brits who had viewed several properties over the past year listed cracks or marks on walls, ceilings or floors as their biggest turn-off, followed by bathroom fixtures not working properly and worn-out kitchen cabinets.Urging homeowners to tackle ... 
28 August 2019

Garden centres see growth in plant sales in July

The strong year for garden centre sales across the country continued in July, with year to date comparisons up on last year for all of the product categories reported. Despite the more unsettled weather this July, garden centre sales continued to ... 
27 August 2019

Al-Murad snaps up British Ceramic Tiles

Hilco Streambank has announced the completion of the sale of the intellectual property assets of British Ceramic Tile Limited, which fell into administration in January, to Al-Murad, Britain's largest independent tile and natural stone distributor ... 
27 August 2019

Tile Mountain introduces national living wage for employees

Following a “strong financial performance”, the Stoke on Trent-based tile retailer has announced it will pay all of its employees the minimum living wage from September 1. Explaining the decision to increase its workers’ pay, the company said it ... 
27 August 2019
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