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New BHETA stats show an upturn in garden, DIY and housewares

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched a new retail data service featuring key EPOS statistics for Q2 2018, showing value growth in DIY, housewares, small electricals and garden. 
30 August 2018

Somerset independent tool shop to close

The owners of IM Tools in Burnham-on-Sea have made the decision to shut up shop for good this September after five years of trading 
29 August 2018

ERA enters into electrical wholesaling market

ERA, home security specialist, is breaking into the electrical wholesale market following a new business win supplying smartware security products to electrical wholesaler, Electricbase. Electricbase branches are incorporated alongside Buildbase and ... 
29 August 2018

Amazon named as UK's most reputable retailer in new study

Amazon was followed by Boots and John Lewis who came a respective second and third in the Reputation Institute’s 2018 UK Retail RepTrak research based on 5,175 individual ratings from the general public.The study found that Amazon’s reputation has ... 
28 August 2018

Toolstation opens its new distribution centre in Middleton

Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers to the trade, has opened its fourth distribution centre, in Middleton, Greater Manchester.The Middleton distribution centre will create over 150 new jobs in the area in the next year; comprising ... 
28 August 2018

Best Small Shops competition returns for 2018

Returning for 2018, the Best Small Shops competition says it invites UK retailers to share what makes them unique, with the chance to attend the competition reception in Westminster later this year.The Best Small Shops competition, managed by the ... 
24 August 2018

Rochdale Bunnings store to reopen as Homebase

Rochdale News has reported that the Bunnings store at Sandbrook Park will reopen as Homebase today.The publication said following a management buy-out earlier this year, all 24 Bunnings pilot stores will convert to the Homebase brand following ... 
24 August 2018

Only 41% feel positive doing DIY says Local Heroes survey

A survey recently commissioned by Local Heroes has revealed that fewer than half of the nation feel confident enough to undertake DIY projects around the home. The new study, which explored the opinions of 2,000 UK adults, uncovered that only 41% ... 
23 August 2018

Ornamental fish theft on the rise

With reports of theft of high-value fish, such as koi carp and ghost carp, on the rise from ponds across the UK, garden centres and homeowners are being advised to be vigilant and even consider microchipping the animals.According to the Metropolitan ... 
23 August 2018

Woodie's parent company reports 9% increase in revenue

Grafton Group plc, parent company to DIY chain Woodies, has released its half year report for the six months ended 30 June 2018, reporting an "excellent performance by Woodie's retailing".Revenue was reported with an increase of 9% to £1.45 billion, ... 
22 August 2018

Theo Paphitis to speak at Autumn Fair

The retail magnate will head up the speaking slots on the main stage at the home and gift trade show, along with Not on the High Street co-founder Holly Tucker MBE.Autumn Fair has promised a line-up of industry heavyweights at this year’s show, as ... 
22 August 2018

New regulations announced to combat oak processionary moth

Defra has introduced legislation, which comes into force today, to protect oak trees against the imminent danger of introducing Thaumetopoea processionea (oak processionary moth-OPM) into the OPM Protected Zone through import and movement... 
21 August 2018

Heatwave delivers record online sales for garden sector

Despite UK online retail sales slipping to their lowest year-on-year (YOY) growth in 2018 this July, with most categories seeing declines, the hot summer boosted garden sales, delivering a record 22.4% YOY increase last month.The uplift in July ... 
21 August 2018

Flagship House of Fraser store on Oxford Street saved

Despite being earmarked for closure as part of a CVA this summer, House of Fraser’s outlet on Oxford Street will remain open, as new owner Sports Direct agrees its first deal since acquiring the department store chain.Sports Direct brought in ... 
21 August 2018

Jewson invests £800k in Bury St Edmunds refurb

The builders’ merchant is ploughing funds back into its portfolio, with the £800,000 refurbishment of its Cratfield Road site, changing the layout and enhancing the product offering, as well as creating new jobs.The branch – a 32,000sq m building on ... 
17 August 2018

Omni-channel retail experience is key to survival of high street brands

Over 52% of UK shoppers believe that retailers need to offer a more seamless experience between online and offline commerce to retain their custom.This was one of the key findings from a survey of 1,000 shoppers, conducted by e-commerce agency, ... 
17 August 2018

Outdoor dining sales continue to climb at John Lewis

Despite a 7% decline in home sales for the past week, the department store chain reported an ongoing interest in outdoor cooking and entertaining.John Lewis trading director Simon Coble said home sales were down for the week ended Saturday, August ... 
17 August 2018

Johnstone’s Trade reveals 2019 colour of the year

As part of its Voice of Colour Program, Johnstone’s has announced that Night Watch (PPG1145-7) – a rich, classic green – is positioned at the forefront of design trends for the year ahead.Every year, a Global Colour Team from Johnstone’s parent firm,... 
17 August 2018

Hot weather boosts Kingfisher's UK performance

Consistent hot weather this summer has helped B&Q and Screwfix deliver what Kingfisher described as “improved performances”, with like-for-like (LFL) sales up 4.2% in Q2 “within the context of a continuing weak UK consumer backdrop”.The ... 
16 August 2018

Sunshine sends garden centre sales soaring

Sales at garden centres across the country continued to soar in June (2018) thanks to the sunny weather according to the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade report.Outdoor plant sales were up 26.94% compared to the same month last year (... 
15 August 2018

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