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Tefal steams into the lead in Which? test

Tefal has taken the top spot in Which?'s recent review of the best irons on the market. 
4 August 2008

EXCLUSIVE: Wrapit enters administration

The beleaguered gift list business has announced that administrators KPMG were called in this morning after a period of uncertainty about the future of the business. 
4 August 2008

Kingfisher sells Italian arm of Castorama

French home improvement retailer Groupe Adeo S.A. buys Italian business for €560m. 
1 August 2008

Topps Tiles releases interim management statement

Trading conditions 'remain challenging' with decline in revenue. 
1 August 2008

B&Q results send Kingfisher stock soaring

City analysts have welcomed Kingfisher's latest results and the surprise sales uplift seen by B&Q, which helped the Kingfisher share price shoot up 6.5% on the London exchange (July 24). 
31 July 2008

New show secures big names

Totally Secure, the new show to run alongside Totally DIY and Totally Tools in January, has already attracted some of the biggest names in the industry. 
31 July 2008

UPDATE: Floors-2-Go - no interest says administrators, no impact says supplier

As previously reported on, the floor coverings retailer Floors-2-Go called administrators Kroll in on July 21 as it could no longer fight "the depressed housing market and the subsequent fall in spending on home improvement". 
31 July 2008

Gardman voted Supplier of the Year seventh year in a row

Managing director describes accolade from GCA as "a unique achievement". 
30 July 2008

Travis Perkins plc releases interim results

Revenue up 5.4% to £1.671 million for six-month period to June 30. 
30 July 2008

Henkel to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide by 2011

Global cost-cutting programme expected to generate around €150 million worth of savings per year. 
30 July 2008

No decision yet on Arnold Laver Chesterfield closure

An Arnold Laver spokesperson says no decisions have been made about the proposed closure of Arnold Laver's Timber World store in Chesterfield. 
29 July 2008

Woolworths Group updates market on trading

Group sales for 25-week period to July down by 3.1% 
29 July 2008

HTA launches 'Leaders Conference'

The Horticultural Trades Association has launched a brand new event for the garden industry designed to bring business leaders from across the sector together under one roof. 
28 July 2008

United Carpets sees sales rise

United Carpets, the UK's third largest carpet and floorcovering retail chain, has posted strong preliminary figures for the year ending March 31 2008. 
28 July 2008

Wedding list business denies administration rumours

Wrapit, the UK's largest dedicated gift list provider has denied that the company has entered administration. 
28 July 2008

Focus DIY announces new creative agency

Focus DIY announced today that krow Communications has been appointed as the retailer's lead creative agency, replacing current firm Gratterpalm. 
28 July 2008

Profit warning from William Sinclair

William Sinclair Holdings has issued a trading statement in which it has downgraded profit expectations for the 15-month period to September 2008. 
28 July 2008

Retail sales see sharpest fall on record

No good news for retailers as retail sales plummet 3.9% in June, wiping out the unexpected 3.6% increase recorded in May. 
25 July 2008

New Argos catalogue lists premium housewares brands

Premium housewares brands Royal Doulton and Le Creuset are among the suppliers making their debut in Argos' 70th catalogue, launched tomorrow (July 26th) and marking Argos' 35th year of trading. 
25 July 2008

Kingfisher sees sales rise

Shares in Kingfisher saw an unexpected surge in price this morning after the company posted its latest figures, which show a rise in sales. 
24 July 2008

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