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RHS calls for VAT reduction on ornamental plants

'We believe this move will make it more affordable for people to green their gardens', director general says. 
22 May 2008

Garden industry moves Sunday Trading debate on

Bill reaches committee stage. 
22 May 2008

The Nation is improving not moving

Crown Paint predicts a Bank Holiday boom in paint sales this weekend 
22 May 2008

GfK DIY Barometer (Quarter 1)

Market performance January to March 2008. 
19 May 2008

Travis Perkins buys small stake in builder recommendation site

Progresses with push into online supply. 
18 May 2008

Dobbies to proceed with rights issue

Judgement in favour of Tesco-backed garden centre 
15 May 2008

Travis Perkins: we're gaining market share

Claims gains in slowing markets. 
15 May 2008

Shareholder joins Sir Tom Hunter's bandwagon

Clothing store owner submits affidavit. 
14 May 2008

Homewares: consumers driven by replicating lifestyle choices

Aspirational products reflect change in customer habits and provide greater sales opportunities says Erol Sukan, business group director within GfK Retail and Technology. 
12 May 2008

Niche and specialist sites win out over recent sunny spell

Justlawnmowers and Flaming Barbecues top traffic searches. 
12 May 2008

Whitehall Garden Centres joins the Tillington Group

Move gives us impetus to move forward, says Whitehall md. 
12 May 2008

Hunter challenges Dobbies in court

West Coast Capital wants share offer underwritten by Tesco called off as 'it is not in the interests of shareholders'. 
10 May 2008

Industry Awards 2008 announces winners

Great achievements and innovations celebrated. 
9 May 2008

Opening day success for Abbott's in Seaton

Customers flock to Devon shop. 
6 May 2008

Dunelm Mill shines

Sales rise 12.2%; confident on prospects 
2 May 2008

Chocbox founder makes a million

Peter Moule secures UK retailer and distribution deals; interest from overseas suppliers. 
2 May 2008

Silverline Tools honoured at award win

Hard work justifies newcomer award, says md. 
2 May 2008

New sponsor backs Industry Awards

Home & Gift show supports this month's Industry Awards. 
2 May 2008

Something's cooking - Brits keen to get back in the kitchen

Mintel survey reveals a love affair with good old fashioned home-cooked fare. 
1 May 2008

What do you think?

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