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John Lewis sales down by almost 10%

Eighth consecutive weekly decline for the department store chain as director Nat Wakely blames economic uncertainty and ‘grim weather’ for difficult trading conditions. 
14 November 2008

New look for DIY store John Lyne Home Hardware

Family-run DIY store John Lyne Home Improvements has rebranded and is now known as John Lyne Home Hardware. 
14 November 2008

JCB to axe 398 jobs

Company blames ‘significant reduction’ in orders for job cuts despite staff compromise over working hours to save hundreds of jobs last month. 
14 November 2008

101-year-old Whitehall Garden Centre boss is honored by the Queen

The country's oldest boss Phyllis Self, of Lacock in Wiltshire, became a Member of the British Empire this week. 
14 November 2008

Henkel managing director Kim Walker has stepped down after 22 years

The long serving MD has been planning his retirement for some time, and, says the company, the timing of his departure is entirely unrelated to the 58% fall in profits announced earlier this month. 
13 November 2008

DIY Week informed of Homebase job cuts

Anonymous tip-off reveals staff are shocked by news of 160 redundancies as consultation period begins at DIY retail chain. 
13 November 2008

Tesco makes first move into fitted kitchen market

Tesco has made an aggressive move into the fitted kitchen market by revealing a ready to install set for under £1000.
13 November 2008

Homeowners 'get a shed' with property enhancements

Garden and bathroom improvements top the bill as favourites to add value to homes during credit crunch. 
12 November 2008

Homebase offers incentive to move

DIY retailer launches new scheme to help buyers furnish their homes to help reduce ‘additional moving-in costs’. 
12 November 2008

Sainsbury's profits up 13.3% as firm announces push on homewares

Sainsbury's has, as the financial market widely predicted, announced pre-tax profits were up 13.3% to £272m. The supermarket now plans to increase the availability of its new 2,000-strong homeware line 'TU Home' launched in April this year. 
12 November 2008

Woolworths stalwart Jones dies

Non-executive director passes away after 50 years with the company. 
12 November 2008

Worst retail figures for three years...but DIY holds up!

Like-for-like UK retail sales values fell 2.2% in October compared with 2007 and total sales were lower than a year ago for the first time since April 2005 according to the latest figures from the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. 
11 November 2008

Draper scores a hat trick

Draper Tools have won 'Overall Supplier of the Year' to the THS Group for the third year in a row. 
10 November 2008

Henkel sees sales increase but profits plummet

Henkel has seen its third quarter net profits fall by a dramatic 58% despite an average organic sales growth of 3.5% across all its businesses. 
7 November 2008

Impressive results for Arthur Price

Cutlery and giftware supplier’s trade division up 20% on same period last year. 
6 November 2008

Homebase latest to announce job cuts

DIY giant the latest in a line of retailers to announce redundancies in a bid to mitigate a sharp decline in like-for-like sales this year. 
6 November 2008

Wimbledon and Man U tickets up for grabs

Top sporting tickets among the star lots due to be auctioned at the 2009 DIY Gala Dinner in aid of the Rainy Day Trust. 
6 November 2008

Downturn drags Royal Worcester & Spode into administration

Historic English tableware company Royal Worcester & Spode has today gone into administration. 
6 November 2008

Wrapit creditors won’t be paid

Creditors left out of pocket by the demise of wedding list company Wrapit are unlikely to see a penny according to the ‘Statement of administrators’ proposals’. 
5 November 2008

John Lewis plans makeover for Bluewater branch

Retailer to invest more than £20m in flagship store, ten years after its opening. 
5 November 2008

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