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DIY and garden hit by worst summer since 2004

Optimistic retailers aim to stay strong and refuse to accept doom and gloom. 
14 August 2008

GCA names best North and South Thames winners

Frosts Garden Centres and Millbrook Garden Centre shine in regional heats 
13 August 2008

Wilkinson: £3bn in sales by 2012

Wilkinson has announced ambitious plans that will see it operate from 500 stores by 2012, generating sales of £3bn - a rise of more than £2.5bn on current trading in 40 months. 
13 August 2008

Cause of 'toxic' sofas revealed

Argos one of three retailers facing 'largest action' taken in UK for a faulty product. 
13 August 2008

Sentry Safe buys stateside

Sentry Safe UK has announced the acquisition of US business Schwab Corporation for an undisclosed sum. 
12 August 2008

Marshalls brushes and rollers to be re-introduced to UK market

German manufacturer and distributor of decorating sundries mako GmbH has signed a deal to re-introduce the Marshall's range of brushes and rollers to the UK market. 
12 August 2008

Former Focus DIY ceo bags Woolworths top job

Steve Johnson succeeds Trevor-Bish Jones as chief executive of troubled high-street retailer 
12 August 2008

Bosch and Royal Doulton named Superbrands

Electrical appliance manufacturer Bosch and tableware company Royal Doulton have been featured in top ten of the UK's favourite brands. 
12 August 2008

Employees over 50 more 'fulfilled'

Older employees are happiest at work, according to survey commissioned by Vodafone. 
11 August 2008

London sales up by nearly 9%

Retail sales in the capital have seen an 8.7% rise for June 2008 compared to same month last year. 
11 August 2008

99p still a winner

French study proves customers still enticed by clever pricing. 
11 August 2008

Gordale founder retires after 60 years

Nursery proud of its long-serving members of staff. 
8 August 2008

Online sales see boost as high street slows down

76% of online retailers have seen an increase in sales over the last 12 months. 
7 August 2008

Former ICI Paints boss launches Trade 1st website

Online business designed to serve painting and decorating professionals without trade account restrictions. 
7 August 2008

Nottingham conman jailed for DIY receipt scam

'Millionaire shoplifter' sentenced to more than two years in prison for money laundering after arrest at Homebase in Altrincham. 
6 August 2008

Q2: Smaller projects on the rise says GfK

GfK's barometer finds the winners and losers from April to June in the DIY market. Speaking to DIY Week, GfK outlines what's going on in the market at the moment. 
6 August 2008

Crown stays tight lipped about reported MBO

Despite yesterday's reports in the national press about a Crown management buyout, the company is refusing to confirm or deny that the company has been bought. 
5 August 2008

Carpetright sees sales go through the floor

Carpetright, the UK's biggest retailer of floorcoverings announced today a fall in first quarter sales. 
5 August 2008

Tefal steams into the lead in Which? test

Tefal has taken the top spot in Which?'s recent review of the best irons on the market. 
4 August 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Wrapit enters administration

The beleaguered gift list business has announced that administrators KPMG were called in this morning after a period of uncertainty about the future of the business. 
4 August 2008

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