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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

Kingfisher sells Italian arm of Castorama

French home improvement retailer Groupe Adeo S.A. buys Italian business for €560m. 
1 August 2008

Topps Tiles releases interim management statement

Trading conditions 'remain challenging' with decline in revenue. 
1 August 2008

B&Q results send Kingfisher stock soaring

City analysts have welcomed Kingfisher's latest results and the surprise sales uplift seen by B&Q, which helped the Kingfisher share price shoot up 6.5% on the London exchange (July 24). 
31 July 2008

New show secures big names

Totally Secure, the new show to run alongside Totally DIY and Totally Tools in January, has already attracted some of the biggest names in the industry. 
31 July 2008

UPDATE: Floors-2-Go - no interest says administrators, no impact says supplier

As previously reported on diyweek.net, the floor coverings retailer Floors-2-Go called administrators Kroll in on July 21 as it could no longer fight "the depressed housing market and the subsequent fall in spending on home improvement". 
31 July 2008

Gardman voted Supplier of the Year seventh year in a row

Managing director describes accolade from GCA as "a unique achievement". 
30 July 2008

Travis Perkins plc releases interim results

Revenue up 5.4% to £1.671 million for six-month period to June 30. 
30 July 2008

Henkel to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide by 2011

Global cost-cutting programme expected to generate around €150 million worth of savings per year. 
30 July 2008

No decision yet on Arnold Laver Chesterfield closure

An Arnold Laver spokesperson says no decisions have been made about the proposed closure of Arnold Laver's Timber World store in Chesterfield. 
29 July 2008

Woolworths Group updates market on trading

Group sales for 25-week period to July down by 3.1% 
29 July 2008
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