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Interbuild show director leaves to launch own exhibition

James Gower confirms departure; details of new exhibition expected in October. 
16 September 2008

London continues to buck sales trend

Figures from BRC indicate restaurants and fashion the main beneficiaries as rain and discounts force shopper indoors. 
16 September 2008

Homebase faces significant asset write-down

Home Retail Group to write down 'hundreds of millions' of pounds on value of assets at DIY giant to reflect poor trading conditions. 
16 September 2008

Pre-Christmas opening for Frosts' energy-efficient garden centre

Project is part of a £2m development to add departments including a food shop, flower shop, and coffee shop. 
16 September 2008

Cook's Companion on course to be a sell out

More retailers have already signed up for more copies of the Cook's Companion than in any previous year, says CHA chairman Caroline Gordon. 
15 September 2008

GCA names Scotland’s Best Garden Centre

Caulders Garden Centre in Kirkintilloch has been named as the Garden Centre Association’s Best Garden Centre in Scotland for 2008. 
15 September 2008

Businesses ready to cash in on green living

Gordon Brown's energy efficiency giveaway prompts special offers on eco-products. 
15 September 2008

Housing slump prompts rise in visits to online DIY stores

Hitwise analysis shows DIY and furniture retailers overtaking estate agents as property downturn hits home. 
12 September 2008

Extensions boost for DIY retailers

Revised planning permission requirements could create buzz of activity around home improvements as property owners opt to create more space in their existing homes. 
12 September 2008

Longmead's failure to plug losses sees administrators called in

Bathroom accessories supplier appoints Pricewaterhouse Coopers to sell group as a going concern. 
12 September 2008

Dunelm reports full-year profits rise

Home furnishings retailer sees pre-tax profits grow 19.8% and strengthens market share; upbeat on future prospects despite dip in like-for-like sales for last 10 weeks. 
11 September 2008

Home Retail's sales fall

Argos and Homebase suffer at hands of consumer slowdown; group still expects to meet half-year profit expectations. 
11 September 2008

Update: Austin White

Following news that the distribution company has entered administration this week, managing director Geoff Hounslea comments on the situation. 
11 September 2008

Exhibitors praise quality of visitors to spoga+gafa 2008

The cathedral city of Cologne, which plays host to the international garden show, once again received praise from exhibitors at spoga+gafa 2008. 
11 September 2008

Conference returns for 2009

Following its incredibly successful launch last year, the Housewares Conference will return in Spring 2009. 
10 September 2008

Advertising watchdog calls on B&Q to remove misleading ad

B&Q told press ad claiming a spotlight was cheaper than one from John Lewis must not appear again in its current form. 
10 September 2008

Austin White enters administration

Begbies Traynor appointed to handle case of national housewares and DIY distributor. 
10 September 2008

Jane Lawler leaves Bayer Garden

Head of marketing signs up for same role at the UK garden and leisure company, Gardman. 
9 September 2008

Glee Awards – retail awards shortlist announced

Having beaten off stiff competition from dozens of entries to the Glee Awards, the shortlisted entries for the retail categories have been announced. 
9 September 2008

GCA calls for wow factor at Ruxley Rose

When the Garden Centre Association opens the Ruxley Rose competition later this month, it will stress entries embrace creativity and consider a changing marketplace. 
8 September 2008

What do you think?

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