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Shoppers stay home in October but watch and wait for deals

Continued declines in footfall reflect ongoing struggles for retailers but also suggest consumers are holding out for discounts before visiting shops, as Black Friday and other sales loom.Footfall in October fell by 2% on the previous year; an ... 
12 November 2018

Westland updates following Gardman acquisition

Keen to put “inaccurate gossip” to bed, the company has made an announcement about the state of play with Gardman since it bought the business out of administration last month.Despite what it describes as a “complex and challenging process”, ... 
12 November 2018

Wilko continues revamp of portfolio with new-look Morley store

Wilko re-opened the store in Morley, Leeds after it had undergone a makeover, as part of the retailer’s strategy to update its branches across the UK and promises shoppers will “encounter an entirely new Wilko”. The structure of the Morley store “has ... 
9 November 2018

Dulux Academy wins On the Tools Training Excellence Award

It has announced that Dulux Academy is the winner of the 2018 On the Tools Training Excellence Award. The awards, which celebrate and reward construction workers, sub- contractors, tools and equipment manufacturers and construction companies from ... 
9 November 2018

Habitat opens new flagship store in Brighton city centre

Home retailer, Habitat has unveiled its new 6,500sq ft stand-alone flagship store today in Brighton, as part of the 1.3 acre Hannington Estate redevelopment. The new opening, Habitat’s third-largest store in the UK, marks the retailer’s first ... 
9 November 2018

Wilko pledges up to £1m investment for new ‘Together for the Communities’ programme

National home and garden retailer Wilko has announced new partnerships with Keep Britain Tidy, The Prince’s Trust and Keep Wales Tidy as part of its new Together for Communities programme.The programme will see Wilko and the three charities come ... 
8 November 2018

Homewares retailers set to benefit from ‘golden quarter’

As homeowners seek to refresh their homes in time for Christmas, retailers operating in the home category are expected to see growth of 0.6% in sales during the last quarter.Global Data forecasts that total UK retail sales in Q4 will rise by 2% to £... 
8 November 2018

Asda reveals it won't participate in Black Friday sales

It has been confirmed that supermarket chain Asda will shun this year's Black Friday event, which takes place later this month, in a bid to spread its deals across the festive period.Instead of taking part in the one-day event, Asda has confirmed it ... 
8 November 2018

Winter prep gives John Lewis home sales a boost

Department store reported increases across home categories last week, as consumers prepare for the colder months, whilst price matching on brands helped generate an uplift in cookshop. Overall home sales were up 0.8% for the week ended November 3 ... 
6 November 2018

The biggest influencers on consumers buying from DIY stores

New report reveals the buying behaviour of consumers purchasing home improvement products has changed drastically over the last decade and suggests retailers should be targeting consumers in the 34-55 year age bracket, who have a low-to-medium ... 
6 November 2018

Property supply cools in October

The number of new property listings in October fell by 5.5% across the UK, and by 6.8% in London, with suggestions that recent declines in house prices may have dissuaded homeowners from putting their homes on the market ... 
6 November 2018

EU shoppers seek home & garden discounts from UK brands online

Overseas mobile searches for UK brands grew by 18% YOY in Q3 2018, with the top four general retail searches all looking for discounts in the UK. New data from the British Retail Consortium found that, as well as an increase in Q3 compared with ... 
5 November 2018

Rosebourne completes purchase of Wyevale centre

The Rosebourne team has announced the purchase of Wyevale at Hampton-in-Arden, near Solihull, with plans to run the site as a standalone centre before looking at potential of incorporating it into the Rosebourne family.The sale, which completed on ... 
5 November 2018

Johnsons Lawn Seed reports record autumn uplift

Favourable temperatures across the UK in the last quarter of the year has seen the lawn care company post record-breaking sales across its range, with demand from gardens centres tripling thanks to one of the hottest and driest summers on record... 
5 November 2018

Asda unveils its Christmas campaign

Asda has yet again become the first supermarket to kick off its Christmas campaign with the launch of its ‘Bring Christmas Home’ TV ad – which hit screens last Friday.The adrenalin-fuelled ad sees Santa launch a flaming Christmas pudding into the ... 
5 November 2018

M&S launches eco-shopping bag

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new eco-shopping bag that helps prevent waste and reduce poverty among people living in Haiti and the Philippines.Launching in stores on 6th November, the re-usable bag is made from 75% Social Plastic, ... 
5 November 2018

Staff at Tong Garden Centre invited to White Rose Awards

The efforts by seven staff members to deliver exceptional service and commitment at Tong Garden Centre are being rewarded with an invitation to a prestigious awards ceremony.Steve Smith (Plants Buyer); Jackie Price (Catering Supervisor front of ... 
5 November 2018

Trading after Brexit will not halt says What More UK

With international sales higher than ever before, What More UK has said it has prepared for Brexit with a long term business plan. Director of What More UK, Tony Grimshaw said: "We inadvertently began making provision for Brexit, five years before ... 
5 November 2018

Smart strengthens head office support in anticipation of bumper year

Garden products supplier, Smart has announced the appointment of three new team members to strengthen its head office sales functions. Karen Gorski and Piotr Bury join the UK sales team, and Ana Beunza joins the export sales team, focusing on the ... 
2 November 2018

B&Q ditches Black Friday in line with EDLP policy

The Kingfisher-owned DIY chain announced today that it won’t be slashing prices on November 23 along with other retailers hoping to cash in on Black Friday and will, instead, stick with its everyday low prices model. The retailer has followed a ... 
2 November 2018
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