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Marks & Spencer stores to find buyers?

Marks and Spencer outlets earmarked for closure are possible targets for the supermarket chains, according to the high street retailer. 
27 January 2009

Tchibo looking to leave UK market

German coffee and homeware chain Tchibo looks like exiting the UK market following the closure of concessions up-and-down the country. 
27 January 2009

British Hardware Federation award winners

The British Hardware Federation's award winners for 2009 were announced at the Totally shows in London. 
27 January 2009

Home Depot axes Expo and cuts 7,000 jobs

The North American DIY market has taken a blow with the news Home Depot plans to cut 7,000 jobs. 
27 January 2009

Homebase set to axe hundreds of jobs

Senior staff across 300 of DIY chain’s stores are at risk of redundancy following a 10% decline in sales over the Christmas period. 
26 January 2009

Focus DIY’s Grimsey slams insurers

DIY chain calls for government investigation after credit insurers withdraw almost all cover for Focus’ suppliers. 
26 January 2009

Beers buys rival Bromborough Paints' merchant business

Bromborough Paint & Building Supplies has sold its builders merchant business at Eastham to Beers Timber & Building Supplies. 
23 January 2009

Flying brands warns of profit fall

Flying Brands - the Jersey and Essex based home and gardening products group - has issued a profits warning in its latest trading update. 
23 January 2009

Morrisons wins Christmas sales battle

Wm Morrison has won the battle of the supermarkets this Christmas after reporting like-for-like sales of 8.2%. 
22 January 2009

Speedy shares plunge

Shares in Speedy Hire plunged by almost 50% as news of a profit fall emerged yesterday. 
21 January 2009

Travis Perkins issues profits warning amid reports of falling sales

Travis Perkins - owners of DIY store Wickes as well more than 600 builders merchants outlets nationwide - has blamed the downturn in the housing market for a slump in profits. 
21 January 2009

Totally shows to move alongside Spring Fair

Brintex, organisers of Totally DIY, Totally Tools and Totally Secure, has announced a major change for the 2010 show - a move from Earls Court, London to the NEC in Birmingham to co-locate with Spring Fair. 
21 January 2009

Grosvenor raises charity cash

Grosvenor Garden Centre has raised more than £3,000 for a Chester-based charity. 
20 January 2009

Poundstretcher blames Woolies as sales fall

Poundstretcher has blamed poor festive sales on heavy discounting at Woolworths and the economic climate. 
20 January 2009

DIY Dinner raises £13k-plus

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is more than £13k better off this morning as a result of spirited fund-raising at the annual DIY Dinner in London. 
20 January 2009

Wolf-Garten GmbH announces insolvency

German gardening tool manufacturer experiencing ‘severe cash flow problems’ as it calls in administrators – but UK division remains unaffected. 
20 January 2009

Top awards for show stars

Artex, Blue Spot, Davenport-Burgess, Gator Finishing Products, Sika and STV International topped the winners list in the annual Best New Product awards at the Totally DIY, Totally Tools and Totally Secure show in London on January 18. 
19 January 2009

Fads finds a buyer

Crewe-based decor retailer snapped up by Strategic Retail director Roy Gabbie for bargain price of just over £1.5m. 
19 January 2009

(UPDATED) Visitor numbers up at Totally shows

Visitors numbers to Totally Tools, DIY and Secure this year were slightly up on 2008. 
19 January 2009

Speedy to supply Severn Trent Water

Speedy Tools has signed a one-year agreement - with an option to extend for a further four years - to supply Severn Trent Water with generators. 
16 January 2009
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