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Homebase sales on the slide

Homebase continues to be the problem child in the Home Retail family, with a like-for-like sales decline of 5.3% for the eight weeks to March 1. 
13 March 2008

DIY & Garden Show/Totally Tools announces prize winner

David Bunce, md of Bunces Home Hardware wins two return flights to Las Vegas. 
13 March 2008

Decco announces launch of 2008 catalogue

New 2008 catalogue now available! 
13 March 2008

Green is the colour of Darling's first budget

Chancellor announces measures to tackle climate change. 
12 March 2008

Marshalls invests in Display Centres for future growth

The group is keen on unlocking the potential of the landscape market. 
10 March 2008

Rentokil facing demotion from FTSE

Rentokil Initial is facing the prospect of being removed from London's FTSE 100 Index. 
10 March 2008

Byron wins contract with Makro

Leading electrical accessories specialist, Byron, has won a major new contract with cash and carry giant, Makro. 
10 March 2008

Upward sales trend continues at Screwfix

Fourth quarter results for Screwfix showed sales growth of 24.0% to £110 million in the 13 weeks ending February 2, 2008. 
10 March 2008

Knockout deals at Decco McMinn Chesham trade show

New products, an awards presentation, and a charity fundraiser were the order of the day at the recent Decco McMinn trade show at the prestigious Kempton Park Racecourse. 
10 March 2008

Adams to remain as president of EDRA

Secretariat confirms he will stay for the foreseeable future 
10 March 2008

Koelnmesse returns as Industry Awards sponsor

Koelnmesse sponsors both the Garden Tools and Hand Tools categories at this year’s Industry Awards. 
10 March 2008

JML branches into Europe

British consumer products brand JML is to expand into Europe. 
8 March 2008

Artex and Tetrion tie up for 2008

Artex has been appointed distributor in the homecare/decorative market for the famous Tetrion brand. 
8 March 2008

Further changes at Kingfisher businesses

Kingfisher's Brico Depot chiefs to step down 
7 March 2008

Business Meeting includes GIMA annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) will take place on Thursday, March 13 before its regular Business Meeting. 
5 March 2008

Travis Perkins profits up to £261.4m

Wickes parent company, Travis Perkins (TP), has announced an 18.7% increase in pre-tax profits, but warned of a slowdown in market growth. 
4 March 2008

Adams to leave Kingfisher

George Adams, chief executive of Kingfisher's trade division is to leave the group at the end of March. 
2 March 2008

Wyevale buys Heighley Gate Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centres has continued its march into the north east of England with the acquisition of one of the North East’s leading garden centre businesses. 
29 February 2008

Screwfix counters - now 100 strong

Screwfix has opened its 100th Trade Counter. 
29 February 2008

British Craft Trade Fair to host creative designs for the great outdoors

Exhibitors at this year’s British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) will display stunning creations designed for the garden such as beautiful garden furniture, stunning sculptures, ceramic planters and colourful glassware. 
28 February 2008

What do you think?

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