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91% of Britons spend £12,000 on their gardens

Pursuit of a perfect lawn drives gardeners to spend £200 a year. 
17 December 2007

The Conference for housewares retailers and Housewares Magazine have announced the launch of the first all-industry conference for the housewares sector. 
17 December 2007

Strong trading continues at Wickes

Wickes' parent, Travis Perkins, was upbeat as it said trading at the diy chain has remained strong since its last update in October. 
13 December 2007

Oracstar to kick off New Year with new look

Pre-packed plumbing distributor introduces product catalogue, redesigned packaging and logo. 
13 December 2007

Screwfix focuses on exclusive products and low prices to grow sales

Power tool deal with Makita brings benefits, says marketing director. 
12 December 2007

'Topping Out’ at Barton Grange

Staff, construction workers, and well-wishers gather for historic hoisting of garden centre monument. 
12 December 2007

Exciting times ahead for paint spray market, says Plasti-kote

Investment in labelling and manufacturing aims to make the brand more appealing. 
12 December 2007

GCA announces Christmas 2007 display competition winners

Judges impressed with the level of creativity, passion, and marketing skills across all the finalists. 
11 December 2007

BRC announces new director general

Former B&Q marketing director, and Kingfisher communications head takes post at retail trade assocation. 
11 December 2007

Husqvarna says it will invest 'whatever we need' to promote Gardena

Marketing manager says the growth and development of the Gardena is a priority. 
11 December 2007

Thieves raid three garden centres

Three garden centres – in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, Swansea, Wales, and Calderdale, Halifax – have been hit by thieves in the last week. 
11 December 2007

Under fire Woolworths renegotiates debt, says report

Struggling high street chain, Woolworths is understood to be under pressure to renegotiate its debt. 
10 December 2007

Britons not as green as they appear

Over 80% of people believe that climate change is having an impact on the UK right now and yet 40% of us are doing nothing to reduce our energy use. 
10 December 2007

Glynn Davis resigns as president of GIMA

Departure from Konstsmide UK means he is no longer eligible for the position, says association. 
10 December 2007

Kingfisher ‘vulnerable’ to takeover says analyst

Kingfisher could be at its most vulnerable to a takeover from its American counterpart, Home Depot. 
7 December 2007

Robert Dyas suffers profits drop

Robert Dyas' profits have slumped to their lowest level in three years as low customer numbers and 'drought conditions' hit sales. 
7 December 2007

Work underway on Dobbies at Southport

Work is now well underway on the £10m state-of-the-art Garden World at Bentham's Way in Southport. 
7 December 2007

Flats and maisonettes top new builds in UK

NHBC's latest statistics show that the principal housing type being started in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is a flat and a maisonette. 
7 December 2007

Decco unveils ‘Fair and Square 2008’

Profile of members' stores raised with new designs. 
30 November 2007

Home Hardware announces 'Supplier of the Year'

STV wins award for supplier performance, delivery, and ease of business. 
30 November 2007

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