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Garden sector feeling positive at Glee 2018

The sustained good weather this summer helped create a buoyant mood at this year’s show, whilst retailers and suppliers waxed lyrical about the uplift they have seen in sales thanks to consumers’ ongoing love of houseplants.... 
14 September 2018

Dunelm announces second year of falling profits

Dunelm Group plc has said it let "basic retail disciplines" slip as it reported a 6.7% fall in underlying pre-tax profits to £102m for the year to June 30.The company said it has been challenged by the recent Worldstores acquisition, but with strong ... 
14 September 2018

Housebuilding growth slows down in London

London’s homebuilders have been outpaced by the rest of Great Britain, as investment in housebuilding dropped to its lowest value in six years. The number of residential contracts awarded in London in 2017 was 34% lower than the value awarded in 2016,... 
14 September 2018

Habitat opens first new flagship store in a decade

Interiors retailer, Habitat has unveiled the first of its two new stand-alone flagship stores today at shopping centre, Westfield London.The opening represents an investment of £1.5million from owner Sainsbury’s, with Habitat celebrating the ... 
14 September 2018

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2019 kicks off at Glee

The eighth Garden Re-Leaf Day was officially launched at Glee this week with Greenfingers Charity calling on all sectors of the garden industry to get involved.With Greenfingers celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, organisers are working on ... 
13 September 2018

BIRA takes its business rates proposal to the Houses of Parliament

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), which represents thousands of independent retailers in the UK, has presented its plan for business rates reform to MPs at the Houses of Parliament. BIRA asked MPs to consider changing the current ... 
13 September 2018

New home management site launched to UK market has launched this week after its founders spied a gap in the market with Brits looking for for digital services to make their lives easier. The site is set up to provide consumers with a ‘one stop shop’ concept, aiming to simplify ... 
13 September 2018

“Challenging” home market and promotions wipe out profits at John Lewis

Department store chain’s profits take a tumble, as home ranges struggle during the first half and margins are eaten away by the most promotional activity the business has seen in a decade.Gross sales were flat in the first half, up just 0.8%... 
13 September 2018

Toolstation introduces new AI technology into its omnichannel strategy

Emarsys, the independent marketing platform, has announced that Toolstation has expanded its partnership with Emarsys to include personalised direct mail and link a highly-effective physical channel to its digital marketing strategy. The new deal ... 
13 September 2018

Argos introduces new voice service

Argos has announced customers can use just their voice to reserve technology, toys and home essentials for same-day pick up from more than 850 Argos stores by using the Google Assistant (available on most Android phones, iOS or smart speakers like ... 
12 September 2018

Garden King purchases site after reporting record trading

The garden centre has just completed the purchase of its site in Newhall, Swadlincote, having rented from neighbouring Buildbase (Grafton Merchanting Ltd) since Garden King started trading in 2000. The news follows “fantastic year of trading”, says ... 
11 September 2018

Glee New Product Awards Winners announced

A total of 11 new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the 2018 Glee New Product Awards 2018, at a special award presentation at the leading gardening show. Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee, the winning products ... 
11 September 2018

Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

Kingfisher has announced a number of senior appointments across the business, with former Screwfix CEO, Graham Bell taking up the helm of B&Q UK & Ireland, as Christian Mazauric looks set to take up top spot in Kingfisher France.The ... 
10 September 2018

Stax announces distribution deal with bird care supplier Marriage's

Marriage’s Honeyfield’s range of bird food and feeders, and a selection of its RSPB-endorsed premium wild bird products, will now be distributed by Stax Trade Centres where they will complement Stax’s existing Ambassador bird-care lines.“Sealing a ... 
7 September 2018

JLP re-brands to acknowledge partners

The 83,000 partners who work for the John Lewis Partnership have, for the first time in the business' history, been formally recognised in the company's name as both John Lewis and Waitrose have added '& Partners' to their names. 
5 September 2018

Dulux Trade reveals 2019 colour palettes

Dulux Trade has announced its ColourFutures colour paletes for 2019, with 'Spiced Honey' taking pride of place as Dulux Colour of the Year 
4 September 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of four garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced the sale of four garden centres to individual buyers.The centres are: World of Pets and Leisure (“WOPAL”); Codicote; Sudbury and Oxford. Sudbury and Oxford have been sold to operators who are expected to continue ... 
4 September 2018

Devon garden centre blames crippling roadworks for closure

The owners of Eggesford Garden Centre in Devon have made the difficult decision to close down after nine weeks of roadworks on the nearby A377 had “a massive and devastating impact on the business” and proved “the tipping point” for the business' closure. 
4 September 2018

August brings spend increase, but garden centres see only marginal growth

Britons spent 4.5% more this August compared with the same month last year, maintaining the strong levels seen over the summer as a whole, according to the latest data from Barclaycard. However, garden centre businesses only saw a 0.5% growth in stark contrast to double digit growth seen in earlier months. 
4 September 2018

Another DIY shop faces closure in Burnham-on-Sea

Less than a week after it was revealed that Burnham-on-Sea's DIY shop IM Tools was up for sale, another DIY store has said it is in danger of closing down if a new owner cannot be found. 
3 September 2018

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re: B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

B&Q bob
Screwfix sales are up because they position new stores close to B&Q stores but then price like for like products cheaper than within BQ ...

re: B&Q kicks off kitchen & bathroom recruitment drive

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Wickes are not alone, Wrens kitchens has seen large numbers of unappreciated BQ kitchen sales staff join them because of BQs attitude ...

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re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

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Ms Laury has overseen perhaps the worst period of BQ history under her leadership, staff have had their wages cut while witnessing their ...

re: Screwfix opens 600th store as business continues to build

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