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Housewares feature at BHETA networking forum

BHETA’s next networking forum is to feature the latest news from Steamer Trading as well as a survey of other aspects of today’s housewares market. The forum will be held on Thursday November 9 November at Federation House.Steamer Trading chairman, ... 
11 October 2017

Bake-Off boosts bakeware sales at Robert Dyas

Latest figures from Robert Dyas reveal the homeware retailer has seen a significant increase in visitors to the bakeware section on its website since the start of the new Channel 4 series of The Great British Bake Off. “Since the show has been aired ... 
11 October 2017

Dunelm reports total revenue rise of 24.8%

British homewares retailer Dunelm reported total revenue for the first quarter rose by 24.8% to £247.9 million, showing a growth of £49.2 million.Total like-for-like revenue grew by 9.3%.Commenting on Dunelm's performance, Chairman Andy Harrison ... 
11 October 2017

Sale of Selby Garden Centre

Alexander Mackie Associates Ltd. are delighted to announce the private and confidential sale of Selby Garden Centre located at Hull Road, Osgodby, Selby, North Yorkshire on behalf of their clients Mr. & Mrs. Ward to Mr. Noble of Victoria Farm ... 
10 October 2017

Bunnings opens first Warehouse store in Essex

Australian home improvement retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors to the first store in Essex today on the site of the former Homebase in Basildon. The overhauled store on the London Road in Vange, occupies a footprint of 57,000sq ... 
10 October 2017

Growing proportion of online sales in September

Some 22.4% of retail sales took place online in September, the highest proportion since January this year, according to the BRC– KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for September.The rise from 21.5% in September 2016 came as online sales of non-food products ... 
10 October 2017

Retailers losing £800 million per year to shoplifters

Britain’s shops collectively lose £800 million per year due to shoplifting, according to data derived from data.police.co.uk. OnBuy.com investigated the total number of offences that were recorded by 43 police forces/constabularies across England ... 
9 October 2017

Poundland will accept old coins until end of October

As the deadline looms for Brits to empty their pockets and homes of the much-loved round £1 coins, Poundland has today announced that it will be the first retailer in the country to accept the old coins after they are taken out of circulation on ... 
9 October 2017

Queue of almost 100 for new Wilko store in Llandudno

Retailer Wilko has opened in Llandudno - with nearly 100 people queuing up to be among the first to get inside.The retailer has signed a lease for a new 8,300 sq ft shop at Mostyn Champneys retail park.There are 45 staff at the unit, creating ... 
6 October 2017

BHETA explores today's routes to market

BHETA’s networking forum on September 26 provided insight into all the potential routes to market for home improvement suppliers, especially those seeking options to complement their traditional multiples’ business. It also reinforced the need for ... 
6 October 2017

ASA rules Wickes and Better Bathrooms sale ads are misleading

The Advertising Sales Authority (ASA) has upheld challenges against both Wickes and Better Bathrooms, which claim adverts for their respective kitchen and bathroom sales misled consumers, ruling that the ads and promotional material must not ... 
5 October 2017

DFS profits slashed by 22%

Sofa giants DFS has announced a huge annual profit decrease in its full year results for 2017 today, amid a "challenging" year. Pre-tax profits at DFS, which accounts for a quarter of the £3bn upholstered furniture market, fell 22.3 per cent to £50.... 
5 October 2017

Tesco reports positive first half

The grocer and general merchandise retailer recorded a rise in sales and profits in its interim results, with UK like-for-likes up 2.2%, as its turnaround strategy stays on track.Tesco plc recorded a group sales increase of 3.3% to £25.2billion for ... 
5 October 2017

Home Depot joins Google Express

The Home Depot will join Google Express this autumn, adding the ability for its customers to shop through voice with the Assistant on Google Home, making it more convenient than ever for customers to shop however they want. In the US Google Express ... 
5 October 2017

Topps Tiles issues profits warning

Shares in Topps Tiles fell over 5% earlier this morning, down 2.5% to 72.88p, after the company issued a profits warning ahead of its full year results.In a trading update, the group said 'challenging' market conditions meant it now expected full-... 
4 October 2017

Acid sales to under 18s will be banned

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it will be an offence to sell corrosive substances to anyone under the age of 18 and announces crackdown on online knife sales.Her promise, announced at the Conservative Party Conference today, has been prompted by an ... 
3 October 2017

Sales and profits up for SCS as it reaches portfolio milestone

The furniture and flooring retailer opened its 100th store during the financial year – a trading period which also saw sales climb 4.4% to £349.5million and pre-tax profit up nearly 10% to £12million.Sofa Carpet Specialist’s (SCS) performance for ... 
3 October 2017

Wilko opens new store in Edinburgh

Home and garden retailer Wilko is expected to open a new 8,900 square foot store at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park in Edinburgh in November.“We are delighted to have signed the lease at Fort Kinnaird Shopping Park and looking forward to serving the ... 
3 October 2017

Covers Chichester celebrates official opening

Timber & builders merchant Covers invited local Conservative MP Gillian Keegan to cut the ribbon, officially opening its new-look Home Ideas store in ChichesterMrs Keegan was given a tour of the showroom on Quarry Lane by store manager Richard ... 
3 October 2017

Scotts fails in challenge of Westland Safelawn ad

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company filed a complaint about Westland Horticulture’s viral ad promoting its Safelawn product, questioning whether its claim that lawncare item was “safe for children and pets” was misleading.The complaint was raised with ... 
3 October 2017
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As Bunnings opens its largest Warehouse store to date (110,000sq ft) this week but also trials small format like a number of retailers, we ask: is there still a place for 'big box' retail stores in the UK?


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