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Home sales down 7.2% at John Lewis

Total sales for the week across the department store chain were down 3.5% on the same trading period last year, with home one of the worst performers.John Lewis attributed the decline to tough comparatives, against strong clearance sales during the ... 
29 January 2019

Julia Kendell announced as official ambassador of National Home Improvement Month

This April is National Home Improvement Month an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to encourage home owners and renters to improve one area of their home during the month of April 2019.National ... 
28 January 2019

Garden Day launches in the UK for 2019

On Sunday 12th May 2019, a community benefit project will be launching across the UK. At the peak of the horticultural season, Garden Day is aimed at encouraging people to spend the day celebrating their gardens with friends, family and neighbours. ... 
25 January 2019

Amtech launches first-ever TV ad campaign

In a bid to increase brand awareness and create greater differentiation in the home improvement market, the DK Tools brand has invested in a brand new television advertising campaign, set to hit screens tomorrow.The ad, which makes its debut on ... 
25 January 2019

Top garden retailers recognised at GCA conference

Another successful Garden Centre Association (GCA) conference and awards dinner saw staff from garden centres across the country celebrating, as they were named best in class and recognised for stand-out customer service, catering excellence, and ... 
23 January 2019

John Lewis announces store closure in Southsea

The department store chain today announced plans to close Knight & Lee & Partners in Southsea this summer. The 35,000 sq ft outlet is the smallest full line shop in John Lewis’ estate but its closure in July still puts 127 jobs at risk.The ... 
23 January 2019

Kingfisher to phase out harmful chemicals from its supply chain

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has today announced it will phase out three chemical groups from its own branded products by 2025, with an ambition to extend this to the rest of its supply chain. The move is part of the ... 
23 January 2019

Squire’s revamps eatery at West Horsley centre

Squire’s Garden Centres has continued the roll-out of new-look Café Bars across its estate, with its centre in West Horsley the latest to benefit from an refurbishment, and the café now boasting a stylish new look, décor and furniture..As part of ... 
23 January 2019

Juliana Group reports great uptake of new model

The greenhouse manufacturer launched its latest product via a roadshow to 50 of its key customers, resulting in 45 orders for a display model ready to start stocking the new line; the first new launch under the Halls brand in around 40 years.Plans ... 
18 January 2019

Covers to sponsor Sussex Heritage Awards for fourth year

Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants has announced it will sponsor the 2019 Sussex Heritage Awards. This will be the fourth consecutive year the company has supported the prestigious event. Organised by the Sussex Heritage Trust, the awards aim ... 
18 January 2019

BHETA adds live links to its data service

BHETA’s quarterly retail data service now features live links to all the product groups represented in the four categories detailed in BHETA’s online Retailer Zone. This latest refinement to BHETA’s quarterly presentation of GfK’s most recent EPOS ... 
18 January 2019

Wholesalers show support for consumer awareness campaign

Independent retail wholesaler groups and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) are putting their weight behind April’s consumer awareness campaign, National Home Improvement Month.The campaign is the initiative of the British Home Enhancement ... 
17 January 2019

Tong invests in local economy with £4million development

The garden centre business has brought in Yorkshire contractors to start work on the first phase of a £4million project to develop its Bradford site.Tong Garden Centre has contracted Leeds-based firm, Jennings to do the demolition work, whilst East ... 
17 January 2019

Akzo Nobel announces details of €2 billion capital repayment and share consolidation

Akzo Nobel today announced details of the capital repayment and share consolidation approved by shareholders when it voted in favour of all resolutions at the company's Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last November, following the sale of its ... 
17 January 2019

Broad Street DIY celebrates its 40th anniversary

Family run DIY store, Broad Street DIY, in Worcestershire proudly celebrated its 40th business anniversary early January 2019. Broad Street DIY, in Bromsgrove, was opened by Tony and Linda Warren on 8 January 1979. The business has grown ... 
16 January 2019

Online builders' merchant achieves 46% growth in sales

Construction Materials Online (CMO) reported sales of £38.6million in 2018. The business has seen rapid growth, having doubled in size since 2016.CMO supplies a range of over 70,000 construction materials to DIY and the trade. The firm received an ... 
16 January 2019

M&S to close 17 more stores

The homeware retailer has announced a list of 17 outlets earmarked for closure. The move forms part of its five-year plan to shut more than 100 stores and have one third of sales online by 2022.The latest round of closures affect 1,045 jobs, with ... 
15 January 2019

DIY Week Awards 2019: Last chance to enter

The deadline for entries to the 2019 DIY Week Awards is fast approaching, with supplier and retailer submissions to be completed online by the end of Friday, January 18.With just days left, don’t miss your chance to be in the running for a DIY Week ... 
14 January 2019

Grafton Group delivers exceptional revenue growth

Grafton Group plc, the international builders merchanting and DIY Group, has issued its trading update for the year ended 31 December 2018 in advance of the announcement of its Final Results for 2018 on 28 February 2019.Group revenue for 2018 was £2.... 
11 January 2019

Robert Dyas has flat Christmas on the back of expensive year

The high street chain saw a 1.1% like-for-like uplift in the six weeks to December 24 – the lowest growth of all of the brands in the Theo Paphitis Retail Group. The trading update follows a year of positive trading for Dyas but profits took a hit ... 
11 January 2019
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