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Screwfix counters - now 100 strong

Screwfix has opened its 100th Trade Counter. 
29 February 2008

British Craft Trade Fair to host creative designs for the great outdoors

Exhibitors at this year’s British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) will display stunning creations designed for the garden such as beautiful garden furniture, stunning sculptures, ceramic planters and colourful glassware. 
28 February 2008

Birmingham sees most home moves in 2007

Figures released by Recently Moved has identified where the most home moves took place in the UK in 2007. 
28 February 2008

Bring me sunshine

Provisional figures released today by the Met Office show that the UK has recorded the sunniest February since the UK-wide record began in 1929. 
28 February 2008

Decco Ipswich opens its doors to praise

After making a significant investment in a new gardening warehouse with more than 1,200 pallet spaces, Decco Ipswich opened its doors to customers with an Open Day and Supplier Exhibition at the end of January. 
28 February 2008

Half-year profit rise at Dunelm

Homewares retailer trading as Dunlem Mill sees stores generate 24% increase to £27.2 million. 
27 February 2008

B&Q wins hearts and minds of environmentally conscious shoppers

Exclusive Times survey finds diy retailer top of the class in its sector on green and social issues. 
27 February 2008

B&Q merchandising director at BHETA meeting

Keynote speaker at the next BHETA DIY Sector meeting will be Mederic Payne, merchandising director of B&Q. 
23 February 2008

Retail sales jump in January

Office of National Statistics reports steady growth driven by food and household goods. 
21 February 2008

B&Q sees lfl sales dip in ‘challenging’ market

B&Q saw its like-for-like (lfl) sales dip 1.7% in a ‘challenging’ fourth quarter. 
21 February 2008

Bayer Garden asserts its market position

Brands to front marketing and media programme. 
21 February 2008

Glee 2008 website goes live

Glee has unveiled a new look for 2008 with the launch of 
21 February 2008

Plasti-kote reports growing interest in ‘ease-of-use’ products

The latest GfK figures reveal that Plasti-kote drove a 12% volume growth and increased its market share to 77% by the end of 2007. 
19 February 2008

Unilever's John Jackson to speak at profiting from garden retail event

John Jackson, e-business manager at Unilever Foods UK, will be sharing his extensive knowledge and expertise with delegates at next week's Profiting from Garden Retail event organised by the HTA. 
19 February 2008

Grow-your-own boost for North East garden centre

Cowell's Garden Centre in Woolsington near Newcastle Airport says home-grown vegetables are in demand as people's lifestyles continue to embrace healthier living. 
19 February 2008

Garden centre speaker for Housewares Conference

With DIY and garden retailers constantly evolving and adapting their businesses, many have looked to housewares as a way of diversifying and capturing more consumer spend. To this end, The Housewares Conference is thrilled to be able to address the subject head on at this year's conference. 
15 February 2008

Richardson to chair HTA Council

Andrew Richardson, of Johnson’s of Whixley, is to be the chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Council. 
15 February 2008

Industry Awards deadline extended

The Industry Awards has extended the deadline for entries to its 2008 awards to Thursday 21, February. 
15 February 2008

Bayer Garden ‘We can help campaign’ takes to the road

Bayer Garden is teaming up with gardening expert Chris Holden for a series of in-store staff training days at garden centres across the country. 
12 February 2008

Bank’s rate cut decision welcomed

The Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates today has been welcomed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). 
7 February 2008

What do you think?

With all the extra social distancing measures retailers have been forced to put in place, floor planning, product positioning, creative merchandising and POS displays are more crucial than ever.
But which of the following product categories do you feel are the most challenging to merchandise?

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