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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

LOFA introduces green standard for members

Environmental and ethical accreditation scheme for the selection of garden furniture and barbecues 
8 July 2008

Roy Walker announced as GIMA compere

The popular TV presenter and game show host, Roy Walker will provide entertainment at this year's Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Awards held later this month. 
7 July 2008

Profits drop for Samuel Heath

Manufacturer of bathroom, kitchen and architectural hardware hit by 'reluctance' of market to accept higher prices 
4 July 2008

BHF survey gives retailers a voice

Get your points across via trade body's report to tell government about the realities of trading 
4 July 2008

Marshalls feels the pinch

Consultations on the closure of two manufacturing plants as market conditions and inflationary pressures mount 
4 July 2008

Swedish DIY retailer to roll out in UK

Clas Ohlson, one of Scandinavia's best known diy and homewares retailers is to open in the UK this year. 
3 July 2008

Focus brings new format to market

Focus DIY has introduced a new format for its stores starting with a new build in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire. 
3 July 2008

Aldi to open a store a week

Aldi has announced a massive UK expansion plan, which will see them open a store a week for "the foreseeable future". 
3 July 2008

Tradesmen in North feel the pinch

Hopes that the credit crunch would lead to a boom for tradesmen as homeowners look to improve their properties have been dashed by new figures showing the North of England as the worst hit. 
2 July 2008

Obituary: Ray Fifer

Ray Fifer, National Sales Manager of Henkel UK Limited passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 18 2008 after a long illness. 
2 July 2008
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