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Akzo Nobel announces 3,500 job cuts

World's largest paint manufacturer also plans to defer share buyback programme. 
29 September 2008

Manor Reproductions voted 'Best Display Stand' by Home Hardware

Fireside accessories company rewarded for innovation and 'high standard' on stand at Autumn Trade Show. 
26 September 2008

GIMA Business Meeting looks at 'what's around the corner'

Association aims to help answer questions about economic downturn and believes retailers and suppliers alike have 'good times' ahead. 
26 September 2008

Rainy Day Trust launches collecting tins

Hardware and diy retailers throughout the UK are being encouraged to support the Rainy Day Trust's latest fund-raising initiative: collecting tins. 
26 September 2008

Eden Project co-founder and chief executive wins coveted Roy Hay Award

Dutch-born Smit rewarded for considerable contribution to world-class horticulture via his transformation of the Lost Gardens of Heligan into one of the most visited gardens in the UK, and creating a cradle of life at the Eden Project. 
25 September 2008

Malcolm Scott Consultants get go ahead for Hayes redevelopment

Planning permission granted for a new 'World of Plants' at Hayes Garden Centre in Ambleside, in the Lake District National Park. 
25 September 2008

William Sinclair issues price increase warning

'Significantly' escalating costs from suppliers, and weather-hit peat harvest forces producer of commercial horticulture and branded garden products to seek alternative suppliers. 
25 September 2008

Irish economy in recession

Central Statistics Office figures show the economy has technically entered recession. 
25 September 2008

Kelkay and Farplants named suppliers of the year at Klondyke Awards

Plant wholesaler and aggregates supplier rewarded for consistency of supply, merchandising and customer service. 
25 September 2008

Top comic booked for retail awards dinner

Award-winning Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert has been confirmed as the guest compere at the 2008 Britain's Best Retailer Awards dinner in Manchester on Tuesday November 18. 
24 September 2008

Bahco merges with Eurotools Group

The tool sector has a 'new market force', which will offer a complete tool range says John Lovatt, managing director at SNA Europe. 
24 September 2008

Scotsdale shines at Haddonstone Stockist Awards

Cambridgeshire garden centre named top performer in awards that celebrate the hard work of independent garden centres across the country in display and sales. 
23 September 2008

Belle Group and Altrad in merger talks

Proposed merger will assist in meeting customer expectations and allow the new company to offer a wide range of products that meet all sourcing criteria, says md of Belle. 
23 September 2008

Best of Glee Awards announced

Innovation of suppliers and retailers from across the garden, pet and leisure industries recognised in the coveted Glee Awards. 
23 September 2008

First day of autumn brings out crowds at Glee

Surge in visitor numbers on second day of show, makes up for a quiet opening. 
22 September 2008

Kingfisher willing to part company with Hornbach

'It has to be an option, because it's not core', says Kingfisher chief executive. 
19 September 2008

Personnel changes give new look to HTA

Support for garden retailing figures heavily in restructuring. 
19 September 2008

Glee director is 'In the Spotlight'

As Glee prepares to open its doors, DIY Week gets to know the man in charge and puts show director Dan Thurlow 'In the Spotlight'. 
19 September 2008

'Solid set' of interims says Kingfisher

Rises in group retail sales and profits but prospect of 'very tough times ahead' calls for hard work to maintain progress, announced Ian Cheshire this morning. 
18 September 2008

Show is 'Totally' on track for great 2009

Plans move on apace for January's Totally shows with new exhibitors, new speakers, new layout and another small screen appearance... 
18 September 2008

What do you think?

As we near the end of another summer season, which product category do you expect to be the biggest seller as we head towards to autumn and winter?

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