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Screwfix opens new store in Burntwood

Leading trade retailer, Screwfix opened its first store in Burntwood on yesterday (Thursday February 1) at Burntwood Business Park. The new branch will create 13 new jobs in the area and will help local tradespeople get what they need as quickly as ... 
2 February 2018

B&Q to cut 200 head office jobs

B&Q has recently announced it will cut 200 head office jobs as part of a scheme to bring down costs at the DIY chain. The retailer's HR director, Helena Feltham said: “The new structure will improve efficiency, simplify ways of working, and ... 
2 February 2018

Black Friday overtakes Boxing Day for online retail searches

As retailers prolong their Black Friday promotions, the shopping week now ranks above Boxing Day for search volumes on Google, while overseas interest in UK products is also growing - particularly in Italy. 
2 February 2018

BREAKING NEWS: Bunnings opens four new stores in one day

Wesfarmers-owned DIY chain Bunnings has, today, officially opened new Warehouses in High Wycombe, Newmarket, Walthamstow and Hanworth. Following DIY Week’s report last week that the Bunnings Warehouse in Hanworth was open and trading, the company ... 
1 February 2018

Amazon to open new UK fulfilment centre, creating 400 jobs

Amazon said it is increasing the size of its UK fulfilment centre network in order “to meet increasing customer demands and expand product selection”.  The new site in Rugby will be its fourth fulfilment centre in the Midlands, with the online retail ... 
31 January 2018

DIY Week Awards 2018: There’s still time to enter

The deadline for entry to the DIY Week Awards is next week – don’t miss your chance to enter, when all it takes is just three easy steps to put your business, initiative or team forward for an award.Entry for the DIY Week Awards is still open but ... 
26 January 2018

Bunnings Warehouse in Hanworth is open for business

The latest Bunnings conversion started trading this week ahead of an official opening next month. DIY Week took a look around. The store – a former Homebase branch on Twickenham Road in Feltham near Hanworth, opened to the public on Monday, January 22. ... 
26 January 2018

Houzz Shop launched in UK

US home renovation and design platform, Houzz has brought its home products marketplace to the UK with the launch of Houzz Shop, making more than 100,000 products and materials available to British consumers. The launch – the first for the company ... 
24 January 2018

GCA ‘garden centres of excellence' winners announced

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Tuesday, January 23, 2018) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its 52nd annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence.The awards were presented to the winners during ... 
24 January 2018

Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference 2018

Garden centres from across the country scooped awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference yesterday (January 22, 2018).The awards were presented to the member garden centres during a ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in ... 
23 January 2018

Longer-term picture of retail sales "is one of slowing growth" says ONS

The Retail Sales Index from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that retail sales were boosted in the last three months of 2017, perhaps with credit being due to Black Friday sales.The Retail Sales Index showed that in the latest ... 
22 January 2018

Carpetright issues profit warning with trading "significantly behind expectations"

Carpetright plc, Europe’s specialist carpet and floor coverings retailer, has announced an update on trading for the 11 weeks ended 13 January 2018.Despite reporting sales growth in the third quarter, trading in the important post-Christmas period ... 
22 January 2018

Rustins back in production within week of fire

Woodcare and specialist paint manufacturer, Rustins’ facilities are already up and running, working to replenish the stock that was destroyed in huge blaze that devastated the warehouse and offices at its site in North London. Nearly 100 firefighters ... 
19 January 2018

Woodie's posts revenue jump in Q4, as merchanting sector 'softens'

Grafton Group's retailing division, which includes Irish retailer Woodie's DIY, has recorded a growth in revenue of 14.8% in the fourth quarter. Woodie's traded strongly through the year benefitting from the strong economy, new and extended product ... 
16 January 2018

GCA announces awards host

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month.Ms Caulfield, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in ... 
16 January 2018

Dunelm reports strong LFLs in second quarter

Homewares retailer saw like-for-like (LFL) sales rise by 3.4% to £255million in the 13 weeks ended December 30, with online LFL figures soaring 30.5% but profits are expected to take a dip in first half.Dunelm opened five new stores during the ... 
16 January 2018

Christmas period has shown a change in shopper behaviour

A report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has analysed the five weeks beginning 26 November - 30 December, and this shows year-on-year, December Footfall decreased sharply by 3.5%, the biggest decline since March 2013 when it dropped by 5.2%.... 
15 January 2018

Garden industry welcomes Defra 25-Year environment plan

Many actions were announced which will benefit horticulture and suggestions of working together to improve the industry in the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’, published last week.The Horticultural Trades ... 
15 January 2018

Covers acquires OTBS

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies Ltd (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots.Covers already operates a depot at Longfield Road, ... 
15 January 2018

Wickes significantly expands wallpaper offer with Graham & Brown designs

Home improvement retailer Wickes has added 279 brand new wallpaper styles, from designer Graham & Brown, to its existing range.The newest additions to the Wickes wallpaper portfolio comprise of a selection of popular design trends including Duck ... 
10 January 2018

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