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Hunter to stay in the background - in the interests of the shareholders

Sir Tom Hunter has said he is not going to bid for Dobbies, however he is to remain a minority shareholder looking forward to Tesco's plans to grow the business. 
9 August 2007

Takeover Panel could grant Akzo Nobel more time to pursue ICI

It has emerged that the Takeover Panel Executive may extend the date by which Akzo Nobel must announce a firm offer for ICI. 
7 August 2007

Dobbies chief executive sells up

In yet another twist in the long-running Dobbies and Tesco saga, it has emerged that ceo James Barnes has sold his shares in the garden centre. 
7 August 2007

Akzo Nobel gains access to the books of ICI

Paint giant sweetens its offer the British company with a £8 billion indicative bid 
6 August 2007

Tesco raises its stake in Dobbies

Tesco has upped the ante in its bid to gain control of Dobbies by raising its stake in the company as it seeks to win over shareholders. 
6 August 2007

Diy market sees a 'positive' performance in the second quarter

Despite the poor weather of May and June, the second quarter of 2007 has continued to see positive growth in the diy superstore market, the latest research from GfK finds. 
6 August 2007

Kalon 'extremely happy' with PPG offer

Sigma Kalon has expressed its delight at the offer tendered for the company, saying it is 'extremely happy with this exciting opportunity'. 
6 August 2007

Call for green, lightweight and quiet mowers

Wolf-Garten's investment in lawn care market research has lead it to develop a lawnmower range – Hybrid Power – that, the business says, builds on consumers' desire to have green, lightweight and quiet mowers. 
6 August 2007

Big week for...

ICI - Britain's Takeover Panel has given the Dutch conglomerate Akzo Nobel until Thursday August 9 to conclude terms with ICI, while trader talk has left stock markets expecting further news of Tesco's bid, and Sir Tom Hunter's countermoves, for Dobbies
5 August 2007

US coatings, glass and chemicals company offers £1.5bn for Sigma Kalon

Pittsburgh-based PPG has offered £1.5 ($3.3) billion including debt for the SigmaKalon Group. 
4 August 2007

New manager for J S Copsey Decco Ipswich

Decco have announced the appointment of Andy Birrell as manager at the Decco Copsey business in Ipswich. 
4 August 2007

Lupus Capital sells Laird Lifestyle Products

Best Value Conservatories Ltd has acquired the business and assets of LLP (formerly known as Laird Lifestyle Products) for an undisclosed sum. 
3 August 2007

OFT clears Tesco's proposed takeover of Dobbies

The Office of Fair Trading has today cleared Tesco's proposed takeover of Dobbies Garden Centres. 
3 August 2007

Monro Brands come of age

Garden sector buyers can add a new name to their contact listings with the introduction of Monro Brands. 
3 August 2007

Friends of the Earth calls for tax breaks for homeowners

Homeowners willing to undertake green diy work to make their properties more energy efficient should be rewarded with tax rebates, says Friends of the Earth. 
3 August 2007

Big Red Book, Worth It, and indoor come up trumps for Woolworths

Tuesday's half year trading update for Woolworths showed the high street retailer benefiting from good performances in the Big Red Book, the Worth It range and 'indoor' products. 
3 August 2007

William Sinclair increases shareholding

William Sinclair Holdings has increased its shareholding in Freeland, a green waste recycling business, from 50% to 87.5%. 
1 August 2007

Business news round-up

Akzo Nobel faces shareholder rebellion; Beale sells up; John Lewis sees yet another storming week 
1 August 2007

Trade initatives and range reviews drive sales rise at Travis Perkins retail

Travis Perkins has reported sales growth of 6.3% for its retail division following investment in new ranges and initiatives to attract trade customers. 
1 August 2007

Plasti-kote outperforms specialist paint market

Plasti-kote, part of the Valspar Corporation, has said a recent £500,000 investment in a consumer advertising campaign has paid huge dividends. 
1 August 2007
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