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B&M reports steady growth driven by new customers

B&M has announced its interim results for the 26 weeks to 23 September 2017. Group revenues increased by +21.7% to £1,346.4m, +21.0% at constant currency while like­for­like revenues increased by +7.5%, including growth of +7.7% in the second ... 
14 November 2017

Friends of the Earth present petition to Homebase over neonicotinoid pesticides

Giant Friends of the Earth bees visited a Homebase store in Wandsworth yesterday (Monday 13 November) to hand in a petition from over 18,000 people urging the store not to sell flowering plants grown with three neonicotinoid pesticides. The ... 
14 November 2017

IKEA reports increase in online sales

IKEA says 15% of its UK sales now take place online, after a year in which internet sales increased by 10%. The homeware company today announced total UK sales of £1.8bn in the year to August 31 2017, up by 5.8% on the same time last year.IKEA UK ... 
14 November 2017

Wilko opens Fort Kinnaird branch on Wednesday

Wilko opens a new branch at Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh this Wednesday at 9am and a representative from Children’s Hospice Association Scotland cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Wilko Fort Kinnaird store manager Charlotte Connell.A host of prizes ... 
13 November 2017

Footfall declines expected this Black Friday

Shopper footfall across high streets, retail parks and shopping centres is set to dip -0.6% on Black Friday for first time in four years, as consumers feel the pinch.Retail intelligence experts Springboard today forecast that year-on-year footfall ... 
13 November 2017

Sofology opens 40th store in Farnborough

The sofa specialist is celebrating its 40th store location, as it opens its doors in Farnborough for the first time today.The new store, which is located at Horizon Shopping Park, is the fifth of six new openings this year following York, Wednesbury,... 
10 November 2017

DIY WEEK AWARDS: Don’t miss your chance to shine

With entry now in full swing, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the recognition your company, team or product deserves.For retail businesses, there are seven categories that can shine a light on your stand-out business and colleagues, as well ... 
10 November 2017

ManoMano scraps “toxic” products, as UK backs ban on bee-harming pesticides

Today environment secretary Michael Gove announced that the UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe – a decision that Friends of the Earth welcomed, while online DIY and garden retailer ManoMano revealed it will ... 
9 November 2017

‘What’s new in Home Improvement’ launches to the industry

The brand new event, targeting consumer and trade press across the home improvement sector, is set to take place in London on February 21 next year.‘What’s new in Home Improvement’ is being brought to the industry by Insight DIY and Media-Events, ... 
9 November 2017

QVC UK wins again at Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards

QVC UK has again been rewarded for its customer service, winning the Multi-Channel Award at the 2017 Top 50 Companies for Customer Service Awards In addition, it was first overall for Social Media in Retail, second for Customer Experience on Calls ... 
9 November 2017

Store upgrades boost revenue for Woodie’s

The Irish DIY chain reported a 9.1% uplift in revenue for the four months ended October 31, as it continued the revamp of its store portfolio and consumer spending increased.Woodie’s, part of Graft Group’s retailing division, which accounts for 6% ... 
9 November 2017

Sainsbury's profits are hit due to Argos losses

The UK’s second largest supermarket chain reported an underlying profit before tax of £251 million which saw a loss of 9% as wage cost inflation and consolidation of Argos H1 losses took its toll, as well as the company being partly offset by ... 
9 November 2017

M&S to 'rejuvenate' clothing and home after 5.3% loss in half-year profits

High Street giant M&S reported a decrease in like-for-like revenue by 0.7% in Clothing & Home today in the company's half year results, also reporting 0% change in Clothing & Home revenue from October 1 to 2016 to September 30 2017. Full ... 
8 November 2017

Dunelm to close Hinckley store

Dunelm is closing its store in Hinckley, Leicestershire in January 2018 over concerns the site is too small.A spokesman for Dunelm said: “We continually review our store estate to ensure that we have the right size stores in the best locations, to ... 
8 November 2017

Record decline in non-food sales in October

In October, UK retail sales decreased by 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from October 2016 when they had increased 1.7% from the preceding year, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) KPMG sales monitor for the period covering October 1-28, ... 
7 November 2017

The latest Christmas ads from Argos, Currys and Asda

The beginning of November has signalled an abrupt end to Halloween and offered a warm welcome to Christmas and winter campaigns across the DIY industry. The latest of these come from catalogue retailer Argos, electrical retailer Currys PC World and ... 
3 November 2017

GIMA ‘Garden & Giftware Meet the Buyer’ event to be held at Longacres

Continuing its successful programme of Buyer Connect events, the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) has teamed up with Longacres – the UK’s largest independent garden centre – to hold a special speed networking event with the buying ... 
3 November 2017

What the interest rate rise could mean for business and the high street

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) believes the rate increase - the first since July 2007 – of up to 5%, means the Chancellor needs to deliver a new budget for shoppers.BRC head of retail insight & analytics Rachel Lund said today: “While the ... 
2 November 2017

What the interest rate rise could mean for housing and home improvement

As the Bank of England announces it is putting interest rates up for the first time in 10 years of between 0.25% and 5%, speculation and predictions have been rife over what impact this will have on the housing market.Although not a huge increase, ... 
2 November 2017

Firework celebrations set to light up sales for home and garden retailers this month

Retailers should capitalise on a prolonged period of ‘fireworks frenzy’ this month, as shoppers scramble to kit out their homes and gardens for the celebrations this year,According to new data from Ebay, searches for ‘blanket’, ‘candle’ and ‘... 
2 November 2017
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