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B&Q leaks information on 7,000 suspected shoplifters

B&Q has reportedly given up information on around 70,000 shoplifters on Elasticsearch, according to Australian security researcher Lee Johnstone.The exposed data included the names of thieves, along with the product codes of the things they had ... 
29 January 2019

Wilko to open in Putney

The value home and garden retailer has signed a lease for a new store at the Putney Exchange Shopping Centre in southwest London.The new 8,000 sq ft store is expected to open in April and will generate more than 40 new jobs within the local area. ... 
29 January 2019

M&S launches new plastic take-back scheme

Marks & Spencer is taking action to prevent plastic waste from going to landfill with the launch of a new initiative, which will enable customers to bring back non-recyclable plastic packaging and see it transformed into shop fittings and ... 
29 January 2019

Garden centres report continued growth in houseplant sales and strong Christmas

The latest HTA Market Update reveals that garden centre sales were up 3% across the whole of 2018 compared with 2017. Houseplants continue to increase in popularity, with sales of this category up by 15% year on year. Christmas categories also saw ... 
29 January 2019

Outdoor plant sales continue to dominate

Sales in outdoor plants continued to dominate other categories for a third month running in December (2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.Sales were up 17.73% compared to the previous year in 2017,... 
29 January 2019

Spring Fair sees significant increase in private label products and services

Exhibitors at the UK home and gift marketplace are ramping up efforts to champion their private label ranges, which organisers believes is as a reflection of the significant growth in the own-label proposition across the UK retail industry.ITE Group ... 
29 January 2019

Home sales down 7.2% at John Lewis

Total sales for the week across the department store chain were down 3.5% on the same trading period last year, with home one of the worst performers.John Lewis attributed the decline to tough comparatives, against strong clearance sales during the ... 
29 January 2019

Julia Kendell announced as official ambassador of National Home Improvement Month

This April is National Home Improvement Month an awareness campaign organised by the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) to encourage home owners and renters to improve one area of their home during the month of April 2019.National ... 
28 January 2019

Garden Day launches in the UK for 2019

On Sunday 12th May 2019, a community benefit project will be launching across the UK. At the peak of the horticultural season, Garden Day is aimed at encouraging people to spend the day celebrating their gardens with friends, family and neighbours. ... 
25 January 2019

Amtech launches first-ever TV ad campaign

In a bid to increase brand awareness and create greater differentiation in the home improvement market, the DK Tools brand has invested in a brand new television advertising campaign, set to hit screens tomorrow.The ad, which makes its debut on ... 
25 January 2019

Top garden retailers recognised at GCA conference

Another successful Garden Centre Association (GCA) conference and awards dinner saw staff from garden centres across the country celebrating, as they were named best in class and recognised for stand-out customer service, catering excellence, and ... 
23 January 2019

John Lewis announces store closure in Southsea

The department store chain today announced plans to close Knight & Lee & Partners in Southsea this summer. The 35,000 sq ft outlet is the smallest full line shop in John Lewis’ estate but its closure in July still puts 127 jobs at risk.The ... 
23 January 2019

Kingfisher to phase out harmful chemicals from its supply chain

Kingfisher, the international home improvement company, has today announced it will phase out three chemical groups from its own branded products by 2025, with an ambition to extend this to the rest of its supply chain. The move is part of the ... 
23 January 2019

Squire’s revamps eatery at West Horsley centre

Squire’s Garden Centres has continued the roll-out of new-look Café Bars across its estate, with its centre in West Horsley the latest to benefit from an refurbishment, and the café now boasting a stylish new look, décor and furniture..As part of ... 
23 January 2019

Juliana Group reports great uptake of new model

The greenhouse manufacturer launched its latest product via a roadshow to 50 of its key customers, resulting in 45 orders for a display model ready to start stocking the new line; the first new launch under the Halls brand in around 40 years.Plans ... 
18 January 2019

Covers to sponsor Sussex Heritage Awards for fourth year

Covers Timber & Builders’ Merchants has announced it will sponsor the 2019 Sussex Heritage Awards. This will be the fourth consecutive year the company has supported the prestigious event. Organised by the Sussex Heritage Trust, the awards aim ... 
18 January 2019

BHETA adds live links to its data service

BHETA’s quarterly retail data service now features live links to all the product groups represented in the four categories detailed in BHETA’s online Retailer Zone. This latest refinement to BHETA’s quarterly presentation of GfK’s most recent EPOS ... 
18 January 2019

Wholesalers show support for consumer awareness campaign

Independent retail wholesaler groups and the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) are putting their weight behind April’s consumer awareness campaign, National Home Improvement Month.The campaign is the initiative of the British Home Enhancement ... 
17 January 2019

Tong invests in local economy with £4million development

The garden centre business has brought in Yorkshire contractors to start work on the first phase of a £4million project to develop its Bradford site.Tong Garden Centre has contracted Leeds-based firm, Jennings to do the demolition work, whilst East ... 
17 January 2019

Akzo Nobel announces details of €2 billion capital repayment and share consolidation

Akzo Nobel today announced details of the capital repayment and share consolidation approved by shareholders when it voted in favour of all resolutions at the company's Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last November, following the sale of its ... 
17 January 2019
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