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Housewares prices polarising, conference told

Middle-market cookware is being squeezed by value and top-end alternatives, delegates at this week’s Housewares Conference learned. 
3 April 2008

Akzo Nobel puts £200m price tag on Crown

Akzo Nobel has put its UK Crown Paints business up for sale for £200 million. 
2 April 2008

Woolworths lays foundations for 'challenge ahead'

Advances in customer offer and store portfolio across 2007 leaves business well placed to make continued progress, says chief executive. 
2 April 2008

Key appointment at Kingfisher

Experienced executive heads up home improvement group’s newly formed UK division. 
2 April 2008

GIMA director highlights significance of grow-it-yourself at The Housewares Conference

Specialist cookware and home-grown food present year-round sales opportunity. 
2 April 2008

Consumers getting a better deal

Research reveals that the cost of household goods has fallen by nearly 50% since the 1970s. 
2 April 2008

Ringing endorsement for The Housewares Conference

Guests and speakers praise inaugural all-industry networking event. 
2 April 2008

Queueing for a pee-k

Flower-shaped urinals cause a stir at Barton Grange 
1 April 2008

Retail footfall suffers badly over Easter fortnight

Figures point to 'quietest Easter this decade'. 
1 April 2008

In tune with your cooking needs

Outdoor barbecue with built in ipod dock wins red dot award 
1 April 2008

Colin and Justin battle the beige

On behalf of the 97% who want to indulge their own tastes rather than that of the 'bland beige brigade' colourful duo Colin & Justin are at the front-line of the fight-back. 
1 April 2008

Barton Grange finally opens doors

Customers praise new £15m centre. 
28 March 2008

Sanders GardenWorld unveils expansion plans

Wyevale-owned Sanders GardenWorld unveiled its plans for a proposed extension at an open evening for members of the public recently (March 25). 
28 March 2008

Barbecue market worth over £6.7 billion

Alfresco eating as popular as ever despite wettest summer for 250 years. 
28 March 2008

Group sales up, profits down at Kingfisher

Cheshire announces management changes as consumer uncertainties hit full-year profits. 
27 March 2008

Topps: increasing challenges ahead

Economic backdrop makes for a tough consumer market, warns the chief executive. 
26 March 2008

Rawlplug to move production overseas

Owners look to make savings. 
25 March 2008

Fair & Square member scoops £1,000

Dorset retailer wins free stock in prize draw. 
25 March 2008

KSD Wholesale shuts the door

After ten and a half years KSD Wholesale has been forced to shut the door, writes Stuart Dick.
 
25 March 2008

Wyevale joins forces with WRAP to give compost tips

Wyevale Garden Centres has teamed up with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) to offer free advice and tips to visitors at a selection of its garden centres nationwide during April and May. 
25 March 2008
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