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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

Woodies DIY parent to raise €160million in private US placement

The Grafton Group plc, which has merchanting and DIY operations in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, revealed to refinance its debt by raising funds using 10 and 12-year bonds with 2.5% yield.The group has agreed to raise €160 million (£144 ... 
14 August 2018

Homebase announces CVA proposal and will cut thousands of jobs

Homebase has today announced the next phase of its restructuring plan, the company is to launch a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and is seeking approval from creditors on a proposed plan to reduce its cost base in the UK and the Republic of ... 
14 August 2018

Akzo Nobel acquires Trade Paints

Akzo Nobel has announced it has purchased the business and assets of Surrey-based Trade Paints. With three stores in Epsom, East Molesey and Sutton Akzo Nobel takes its total number of Dulux Decorator Centres in the UK to 209.“These stores will make ... 
14 August 2018

Heatwave stunts high street footfall growth in July

Town centres measured a 0.3% uplift in footfall in July; the third consecutive month of growth, although a decline across UK retail parks showed consumers lacked the energy for longer shopping trips in the hot weather.Growth on the high street this ... 
10 August 2018

House of Fraser saved by Sports Direct in £90m deal

The department store chain was acquired by Sports Direct after it appointed administrators this morning and faced ending 169 years of trading.Mere hours after House of Fraser revealed it had called in Ernst & Young when “discussions with ... 
10 August 2018

A third of renters won’t buy but still splash out on home improvement

A recent study reveals people are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future but still invest in revamping their home, with some spending over £30,000 in the past year.With more people renting in the UK than ever ... 
10 August 2018

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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

B&Q bob
They have taken away showroom staff commission most earning a minimum of £300 a month and replaced it with an extra 50p an hour! So the ...

re: Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

Does this mean other premises in the same retail parks, with the same landlords, will also see their rents reduced by 50%? It is only fair!...

re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

BQ bob
No employees will be worse off! That's what they said when they changed staff wages two years ago now older staff are £2300 a year worse ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

Clas Ohlson was a favourite shop for shopping. Over the years since it opened I always shopped for small electronic items which were very ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

L Shepherd
It is a pity CL couldn't move across the road to Centrale and set up a new format shop there. Now there is no other shop like Clas Olson ...

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