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More consumers turn to DIY ... or at least pay someone else to do it

Consumers who are putting off buying big tickets items are increasingly turning to DIY or firms that can do the work for them. 
12 January 2009

Government set to investigate rules on administration

The rules covering how a firm can be placed into administration are to be reviewed by a panel of MPs later this month. 
12 January 2009

Retailers call for tax relief as business rates soar to £7bn by 2010

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) concerned that empty property tax could add to woes of struggling retailers. 
12 January 2009

Stax sponsors RDT Annual Review

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust has announced Stax Trade Centres as the new publishing sponsor of its Annual Review. 
12 January 2009

Zircon sues Stanley Works

US corporation Zircon has filed a lawsuit against The Stanley Works for patent infringement. 
12 January 2009

Land of Leather calls in administrators

Land of Leather is the latest retailer forced to call in the administrators. 
12 January 2009

DIY and furniture sales down but outperforming other sectors

In a year of tough trading DIY products may have faired poorly but still better than many other sectors, according to the British Retail Consortium. 
9 January 2009

B&Q trials energy efficiency advice centre in-store

Home improvement giant B&Q is trialling an energy efficiency centre in its Manchester store. 
9 January 2009

John Lewis sales up 27.4%

Department store’s pricing policy to match competitors helps its sales surge into the New Year. 
9 January 2009

B&Q reviews £40m advertising contract

DIY chain reassesses its advertising requirements hot on the heels of the departure of marketing director Jo Kenrick. 
9 January 2009

US firm to buy Waterford Wedgwood

Tabletop manufacturer in talks with little-known American private equity company KPS Capital over a potential sale of the business. 
9 January 2009

Sainsbury's Q3 results reveal 'best ever' Christmas

Sainsbury's has had its 'best ever' Christmas sales according to figures released this morning. 
8 January 2009

Ban on 100watt lightbulbs begins September

Lighting Association and government hit back at reports that energy efficient lights are inferior or pose health risks as customers panic buy last supplies of incandescent bulbs. 
8 January 2009

Dunelm like-for-like sales fall as the firm expands

Dunelm Mill the specialist out-of-town homewares retailer has this week published results for the 26 weeks up to the end of last year. 
8 January 2009

Hiatt Hardware enters administration

After more than 20 years of trading, Birmingham-based hardware fittings distributor is latest casualty on the high street. 
8 January 2009

Craft Central directors file for administration

The directors of Craft Central have placed the business in administration. 
8 January 2009

M&S plans job cuts and store closures following Q3 results

Marks and Spencer could cut more than 1000 jobs and close 27 stores after revealing terrible trading conditions in the run up to Christmas. 
7 January 2009

Retail rent drop offers high street a lifeline

Rents fall for first time in 15 years in 2008 with predictions that they will not return to growth for several years. 
7 January 2009

Best December ever for Home Hardware (Scotland)

Home Hardware (Scotland) has reported a sales increase of 9.7% for the month of December 2008 - the best December trading since Home Hardware began trading in 1983. 
6 January 2009

Next sees sales slip

High street retailer Next has reported a 7% decline in like-for-like sales for the half year to December 24 2008 - at the bottom end of its guidance range of between -4% and -7% given back in September. 
6 January 2009
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