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Carpetright’s Q2 performance dented by ongoing restructure

The flooring retailer described 2018 as a “transitional year” and said it expected trading to be heavily impacted by disruption, as the group downsizes portfolio and closes 65 UK stores. The trading update revealed that like-for-like performance... 
2 November 2018

A positive year helps Ikea grow market share in UK

Ikea enjoyed a 5.9% sales uplift for the year, boosted by investment in digital offer, new ranges and its physical stores. The retailer outperformed the market in home furnishings and increased market share to 8.4%, as it continues the roll out of smaller stores in "unexpected locations... 
2 November 2018

Loving Pets expands to Australia

Loving Pets, named in an international ‘fastest growing’ company list, has seen its foray in Australia take off.Since its launch in June, Loving Pets Australia has already picked up many new customers across the continent and received positive ... 
2 November 2018

Downturn in department store sector and increasing price competition set to impact upper end of household textiles market

Having experienced overall growth of 13% between 2013 and 2017, the UK household textiles market has been underpinned by returning consumer confidence and sustained demand from contract applications, according to the latest report from AMA Research.... 
2 November 2018

New campaign urges consumer to buy British Christmas trees

Grown in Britain is launching an initiative to encourage UK consumers to buy more assured British grown Christmas trees, as it is revealed that retailers are often conned into buying imported specimens, which they believe to be homegrown.Grown in ... 
1 November 2018

Video content key to Black Friday online sales

E-commerce conversion rates could be boosted by as much as 85% through effective use of video on retailer’s websites, according to new research. Ahead of the major shopping event in November, a study from automated video automation specialist ... 
31 October 2018

Squire’s continues to revamp catering offer across its centres

Family-run Squire’s Garden Centres has launched a new specially-designed kitchen pod at its Chertsey centre, having just revamped the café at its Badshot Lea branch.The new pod at Chertsey extends the current kitchen, allowing the centre to offer an ... 
31 October 2018

Rye DIY re-opens under Trade Paints banner

The independent DIY store, which has traded in the town for 25 years, closed its doors in September and has been taken over by Trade Paints, re-opening as the sixth branch within the decorating group yesterday. Rye DIY announced its closure on social ... 
30 October 2018

Woodcote Green sold to Dobbies Garden Centres

Following speculation over the future of the Woodcote Green Garden Centre site, it has been announced today that Wyevale Garden Centres (‘WGC’) has agreed the sale of the centre to Dobbies Garden Centre Centres.The news follows the announcement that ... 
30 October 2018

Local high streets to gain £675m for redevelopment in 2018 Budget

The Chancellor addressed Parliament yesterday, announcing the Autumn Budget for 2018, where he acknowledged the High Street is "under pressure as never before" and said he believed the tax system for the digital age must be revised.Commenting ... 
30 October 2018

BHETA launches 2019 National Home Improvement Month  

Following the success of its inaugural consumer-facing promotion this year - National Home Improvement Week - the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) secures backing to launch its 2019 follow up initiative and extend the campaign ... 
29 October 2018

Houseplant sales continue to climb in September

Garden centres across the country reported that sales remained strong in their houseplant departments last month, with predictions that colourful indoor plants, such as poinsettias, cylamens and hyacinths that the category will help give the ... 
29 October 2018

Singles' Day forcasted to double in the UK

Parcel comparison site Parcel Hero believes British sales on Singles Day are likely to soar in value thanks to the ideal timing of the event, which lands on a Sunday this year. Singles' day was born in Nanjing University where the large number of ... 
29 October 2018

Lechuza secures major online listings

German planter manufacturer, Lechuza has extended its reach, with its products now stocked on crocus.co.uk, Waitrose & Partners Garden website and RHS Plants OnlineLechuza key account manager Ian Riggs said of the new retail listings: “... 
29 October 2018

Werner supports Get A Grip campaign

The work at height and access equipment manufacturer, Werner Co, is pledging its support to the Ladder Association for its latest ladder safety campaign.As part of Werner Co’s commitment to improving safety standards across the industry, it is ... 
29 October 2018

Wilko re-opens Bishops Stortford store

Wilko has re-opened its doors at Bishops Stortford, in Jackson Square, after refurbishment. Queues outside the new store started forming at 8am with more than 75 shoppers keen to get a first look at the newly transformed wilko store and take home ... 
26 October 2018

SCS pulls out of House of Fraser as concession sales halve

Upholstered furniture and flooring retailer, Sofa Carpet Specialist (SCS Group plc) has announced it will close the 27 outlets it operates within House of Fraser stores after reporting a 52.5% decline in concession sales for the quarter and says the ... 
26 October 2018

Debenhams confirms further closures after “tough year”

Following much speculation ahead of Debenhams’ latest trading update today, the department store chain announced it would be closing 50 unprofitable stores across the UK over the next three to five years, as digital channels strengthen and the ... 
25 October 2018

Crown Paints announces ambitious environmental plans

Crown Paints has set out its ambitious environmental targets for the year ahead and looks back at the successes the company has achieved in 2017 as part of its annual Sustainability Report.The report brings together all aspects of Crown Paints’ ... 
25 October 2018

Brexit uncertainty triggers huge price drops on DIY products

In the past week, online retailers have upped their number of offers on home improvement products by 38%, as well as slashing prices on thousands of home products much sooner than would be expected in the run up to Black Friday.Prices of home ... 
25 October 2018
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