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Weather hits B&Q sales

B&Q saw its sales of outdoor and garden products slump 20% as a result of the terrible weather over the last two months. 
26 July 2007

Focus DIY deal given go-ahead

The European Commission has cleared the way for US hedge fund, Cerberus, to acquire struggling diy chain, Focus. 
25 July 2007

Focus comes to aid of flood victims

In response to the floods that have wreaked havoc across the north of England, Focus DIY is offering 20% discounts to damage victims. 
24 July 2007

Husqvarna, Cuprinol and Westland star at GIMA Awards

Husqvarna, Cuprinol and Westland were the big winners in this year’s GIMA awards, announced at Birmingham on Thursday July 19. 
20 July 2007

Britain’s Best Retailer Awards heads for fifth birthday

Major sponsors have confirmed their support for Britain’s Best Retailer Awards, as the event heads for its fifth birthday in November. 
19 July 2007

Tesco extends offer deadline

As expected, Tesco has extended the deadline for its cash offer to Dobbies Garden Centres shareholders. 
19 July 2007

Shoots acquires second garden centre

West Sussex-based centre expands with purchase of Gardens Etc 
16 July 2007

B&Q sues Chinese supplier

B&Q is to sue a Chinese supplier over allegations of bullying. 
14 July 2007

Rottner Security moves premises

Due to the rapid expansion of Rottner Security UK since its launch, it has recently moved from its Bedford sales office and third party warehousing to fully refurbished offices and warehousing. 
10 July 2007

Stong sales for Dunelm year-end; predicts difficult next few months ahead

Homewares retailer Dunelm has announced full year results with overall sales for the year to end-June up 12.5% at £354.7m up from £315.2m. 
10 July 2007

BASF rules itself out of ICI acquisition

The German chemicals group BASF has told Dutch newspapers it is not interested in purchasing chemical firms, including ICI, as they are too expensive. 
9 July 2007

Hunter prepares for bid battle

It appears Sir Tom Hunter is preparing to table a counter bid for Dobbies following his acquisition of 25,000 Dobbies shares on Friday. 
9 July 2007

Partnership to open new garden centre in County Durham

A garden centre partnership is to run a new retail outlet on the site of Lintzford Bridge Nurseries, County Durham. 
9 July 2007

Exclusively Housewares receives rave reviews

The sixth edition of the two day show has been hailed the most successful yet - and work has already started on the 2008 Show. 
6 July 2007

New leisure exhibition to challenge Glee

Lofa has announced the launch of its own trade show to be held in 2008. 
6 July 2007

Glee responds: No need for Solex

Research conducted by Glee organisers raises possible concerns about the market need for Lofa’s exhibition. 
6 July 2007

John Lewis tops week with Which? award

John Lewis' week got better and better following its award for best British Retailer as trading figures for the week to June 23 indicated sales rose 5.1%. 
29 June 2007

Business news round-up

Debenhams leases Irish outlet; Carpetright targets investments to fuel improvements; Galiform restructures 
29 June 2007

Maisie retires from GIMA

Maisie Slater will end her 17-year association with the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) on Wednesday (July 4). 
27 June 2007

Webbs of Wychbold wins Ruxley Rose

Midlands garden centre, Webbs of Wychbold was crowned regional winner of the Ruxley Rose Award for its plants department. 
22 June 2007
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