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Garland warns of stock availability issues after spike in demand

Garland Products/Worth Gardening is urging retailers to secure stocks from suppliers, as demand for garden products soar – with Garland's sales up 90% in the past month.The garden care products manufacturer has reported a significant surge... 
20 November 2018 predicts Black Friday rush

Home appliance e-tailer is predicting its biggest day for online sales on Friday and has already seen a 70% jump in traffic to the Black Friday area of website, as customers seek deals on branded appliances and household gadgets. 
20 November 2018

Footfall declines expected on Black Friday but online may not strike it big either

Black Friday footfall is forecast to drop by 3.7% across the UK, as consumers head online to shop deals rather than heading out to the high street – although internet sales growth will still not match last year, thanks to poor timing, price ... 
19 November 2018

Capitol Tiles outlets snapped up by BC Ceramics

Following news that Tile Mountain chairman Mo Iqbal acquired Capitol Tiles’ distribution operations after it went into administration, it has been revealed that retailer BC Ceramics has bought six of Capitol’s 11 remaining retail outlets in a ... 
19 November 2018

Akzo delivers on promise to shareholders

Akzo Nobel announces it is to conduct €2 billion capital repayment and share consolidation, returning vast majority of net proceeds from sale of Specialty Chemicals, stating it is now “a focused paints and coatings company”... 
19 November 2018

Visa encourages shoppers back to the high street with Christmas campaign

Visa debuted its first-ever Christmas advert last week, with the campaign featuring real independent businesses and urging consumers to shop their local high street.The commercial first aired on ITV on Friday, November 9 at 7.45pm and has had ... 
16 November 2018

Tong Garden Centre wins Elite Business of the Year

Tong Garden Centre was announced as the Elite Business of the Year at the recent Aagrah Restaurant Group's 36th Annual Dinner and Elite Yorkshire Business Awards that raised £125,000 for charity.Tong's managing director, Mark Farnsworth and ... 
15 November 2018

DIY prices on the up

After weeks of unseasonable discounting and, following news that the CPI inflation rate remained unchanged in October, prices of DIY products have shot up 36% since last week, whilst discounts have also become watered down... 
15 November 2018

Capital Gardens unveils first changes at Studley Green

Since being taken over by Capital Gardens just eight weeks ago, Studley Green Garden Centre has undergone a significant makeover, with a strong focus on introducing a new extended product offering and improving customer service.In keeping with Capital ... 
14 November 2018

House of Fraser to close more stores over rent wrangle

The department store chain is set to close all four of its outlets at Intu shopping centres after failing to agree “reasonable terms” with landlords.House of Fraser, which was bought by Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley in August, revealed the ... 
14 November 2018

CPI inflation remains unchanged at 2.4%

The latest figures from the ONS reveal consumer price index inflation was flat on September but experts suggest this apparent stability masks an easing in inflationary pressure at the national and regional level... 
14 November 2018

Sales up at Woodie’s DIY

Grafton Group’s latest trading update recorded a 4.6% uplift for the Irish DIY chain over the past four months, as parent firm remains on track to deliver full-year expectations. Woodie’s, the largest DIY retailer in Ireland, had a strong first half... 
13 November 2018

Tile Mountain chairman buys wholesale tile business

Mo Iqbal has confirmed his purchase of the wholesale and distribution side of Coventry-based business, Capitol Tile Group; which went into liquidation last week.Capitol was formerly one of the UK’s largest tile distributors. However, after many years of ... 
13 November 2018

Nearly half of UK consumers plan to buy from Amazon this Black Friday

With predictions that nearly £5billion will be spent this Black Friday (November 23), new research has highlighted the popularity of e-tailer Amazon’s shopping extravaganza, as 48% of Brits say they plan to buy from the online retail giant during ... 
12 November 2018

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

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