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Argos strike suspended

Argos management have put a revised pay offer to distribution workers following intensive negotiations 
23 July 2008

Two new sponsors for Britain's Best Retailer Awards

DIY Week is very pleased to announce that knife and cutlery manufacturer Amefa has once again confirmed its support for the sector's biggest awards event. 
22 July 2008

Focus on profit not sales, says GIMA president

Garden retailers and suppliers should stop undervaluing the goods and services they provide, and concentrate on making profits, GIMA president Peter Field said at the association's annual awards dinner in Birmingham on July 17. 
22 July 2008

DIY shed destroyed in fire

An Essex branch of Wickes has been destroyed in a fire that tore through the building in the early hours of this morning. 
22 July 2008

Wyevale garden centre completely destroyed in fire

Six fire crews fail to save Bedfordshire site 
21 July 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Color Expert buys Robert J Hall

Parent company of HallsBeeline and Stanley Decorating team announces acquisition by German-based painting and decorating tools firm. 
18 July 2008

Solus, Scotts and Honda lead the winners in the GIMA awards

Garden industry's big hitters claim top spot 
18 July 2008

Kingfisher announces two new appointments

Leading home improvement retailer appoints new group finance director and chief executive, international. 
17 July 2008

Asda non-food head leaves

Asda non-food trading director Peter Pritchard will leave the supermarket chain following a reshuffling of its management team by chief executive Andy Bond. 
16 July 2008

Homebase appoints new advertising agency

Homebase has announced the appointment of Leo Burnett as the company's new advertising agency. 
16 July 2008

B&Q go for Gold

Two B&Q employees have been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. 
16 July 2008

Brand new show for 2009

Totally Secure, a brand new show for security product retailers and locksmiths will launch in January next year alongside established shows Totally DIY and Totally Tools. 
16 July 2008

Vaughan 'on the mend' after minor stroke

BHETA diy director Andy Vaughan is recovering well after suffering a minor stroke on June 30. 
15 July 2008

Glassware supply suffers as manufacturer folds

UK retailers of glassware face supply shortages following the collapse into administration this month of one of Europe's biggest glassware manufacturers. 
15 July 2008

Poundland announces aggressive UK expansion

Following news last week that discount supermarket chain Aldi planned to open a store a week for the foreseeable future, fixed price retailer Poundland has followed suit with an aggressive expansion plan. 
11 July 2008

UPDATE: Argos strike dates set as city downgrades HRG

Dates for three strikes to be held by Argos distribution workers have been confirmed for later this month. 
11 July 2008

Analyst view: Grafton should merge with TP

Irish builders merchant chain, Grafton Group, which owns Woodies DIY and Atlantic Homecare, should look at merging with Wickes parent company Travis Perkins in the UK according to one senior Dublin analyst. 
10 July 2008

Topps caught in refinance speculation

Concern raised about the strength of its balance sheet 
9 July 2008

Argos' distribution workers to go on strike

Severe disruption expected as 67% vote for 24-hour strikes across four distribution centres 
8 July 2008

Dunelm stresses positives after reporting first quarterly drop in two years

Like-for-like sales fall 2.4% during the three months to June 28 at homewares retailer 
8 July 2008

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