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DIY and Garden Show and Totally Tools

Essential information - a travel guide to the show. 
7 January 2008

Decco open day features 30 suppliers

Highlights include decorative, and gardening products, and new-look Fair and Square promotions. 
7 January 2008

Screwfix packs latest catalogue with new brands

Rawlplug, Siemens, Trend, and Tacwise added to product line-up. 
7 January 2008

Build your business! Save the date!

John Lewis buying director confirmed for The Housewares Conference. 
7 January 2008

Marshalls remains bullish on full-year expectations

Strong demand in the public sector and commercial markets help group. 
7 January 2008

Trans-Continental Group adds staff

Supplier creates three new roles to meet demand. 
7 January 2008

One-off deals offered at show

As an incentive to visitors to this week’s DIY & Garden Show and Totally Tools, exhibitors have been encouraged to offer irresistible one-off deals. 
7 January 2008

Akzo Nobel takeover of ICI completed

The long-running takeover of one of Britain’s most famous companies has been completed. 
4 January 2008

Grafton Group sees turnover grow by 10%

Irish and UK builders merchants and diy group, Grafton plc, has reported a 10% increase in turnover to over €3.2bn (£2.4m) for the last year. 
4 January 2008

Kingfisher biggest loser in shares tailspin

Kingfisher has been the worst blue chip performer after a gloomy outlook statement from Next and a profit warning from DSG International – the owner of Currys – today sent shares in the retail sector into a tailspin. 
3 January 2008

Man arrested after fire destroys Jegs depot

A 26-year-old man from Grays, Essex, has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a devastating fire at a warehouse of the electrical distributor, Jegs. 
3 January 2008

GIMA director Gow dismisses GRO intitiative

Calls for suppliers and retailers to discuss the buying group in some depth. 
3 January 2008

Kingfisher reaches agreement to sell B&Q Taiwan joint venture

Limited opportunities for market share growth, says chairman. 
17 December 2007

91% of Britons spend £12,000 on their gardens

Pursuit of a perfect lawn drives gardeners to spend £200 a year. 
17 December 2007

The Conference for housewares retailers and Housewares Magazine have announced the launch of the first all-industry conference for the housewares sector. 
17 December 2007

Strong trading continues at Wickes

Wickes' parent, Travis Perkins, was upbeat as it said trading at the diy chain has remained strong since its last update in October. 
13 December 2007

Oracstar to kick off New Year with new look

Pre-packed plumbing distributor introduces product catalogue, redesigned packaging and logo. 
13 December 2007

Screwfix focuses on exclusive products and low prices to grow sales

Power tool deal with Makita brings benefits, says marketing director. 
12 December 2007

'Topping Out’ at Barton Grange

Staff, construction workers, and well-wishers gather for historic hoisting of garden centre monument. 
12 December 2007

Exciting times ahead for paint spray market, says Plasti-kote

Investment in labelling and manufacturing aims to make the brand more appealing. 
12 December 2007

What do you think?

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