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Rustins back in production within week of fire

Woodcare and specialist paint manufacturer, Rustins’ facilities are already up and running, working to replenish the stock that was destroyed in huge blaze that devastated the warehouse and offices at its site in North London. Nearly 100 firefighters ... 
19 January 2018

Woodie's posts revenue jump in Q4, as merchanting sector 'softens'

Grafton Group's retailing division, which includes Irish retailer Woodie's DIY, has recorded a growth in revenue of 14.8% in the fourth quarter. Woodie's traded strongly through the year benefitting from the strong economy, new and extended product ... 
16 January 2018

GCA announces awards host

Radio and TV comedian Jo Caulfield will be compering the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference awards’ dinner this month.Ms Caulfield, who is also a comedy writer, has worked on some of the biggest shows and with some of the top names in ... 
16 January 2018

Dunelm reports strong LFLs in second quarter

Homewares retailer saw like-for-like (LFL) sales rise by 3.4% to £255million in the 13 weeks ended December 30, with online LFL figures soaring 30.5% but profits are expected to take a dip in first half.Dunelm opened five new stores during the ... 
16 January 2018

Christmas period has shown a change in shopper behaviour

A report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has analysed the five weeks beginning 26 November - 30 December, and this shows year-on-year, December Footfall decreased sharply by 3.5%, the biggest decline since March 2013 when it dropped by 5.2%.... 
15 January 2018

Garden industry welcomes Defra 25-Year environment plan

Many actions were announced which will benefit horticulture and suggestions of working together to improve the industry in the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’, published last week.The Horticultural Trades ... 
15 January 2018

Covers acquires OTBS

Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has acquired Orpington Timber & Building Supplies Ltd (OTBS) in Bexleyheath, Kent, strengthening its portfolio of branches in the South East to 15 depots.Covers already operates a depot at Longfield Road, ... 
15 January 2018

EXCLUSIVE: A smaller-format Bunnings and its smallest Warehouse yet set to open

The Wesfarmers-owned group will open a new Bunnings store on the site of former Homebase branches in Bicester and its smallest Bunnings Warehouse yet in Walton on Thames ... 
15 December 2017

Entrepreneur and sewing bee judge backs creativity at GCA conference

The entrepreneur made famous for his role as a judge on BBC’s ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ is speaking at the Garden Centre Association’s 2018 conference.As well as appearing on TV, and despite having no fashion experience and being an engineer by ... 
15 December 2017

2018 DIY Week Awards judging panels announced

We can officially revealed the two judging panels for the 2018 DIY Week Awards, which take place on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.Judging the supplier categories will be: Judging the retail categories... 
15 December 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Rotherham today (14 December).The new store is located on Parkgate, is over 70,000 square feet offers customers more than 30,000 leading home improvement and ... 
14 December 2017

Rapid online growth for home improvement products, while DIY stores retain a strong position

Research from the USP Marketing Consultancy has shown that the purchase channel most often used by European consumers is the DIY store, and the share of online shops has risen considerably. That is one of the results of the Q3 report from the ... 
13 December 2017

Bunnings opens 11th store in Basingstoke

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings Warehouse officially opened its doors in Basingstoke today (13 December).The new store, which is on the site of the former Homebase on Winchester Road, is 84,500 square feet and offers customers more ... 
13 December 2017

Lucrative pet category to give retailers a boost this Christmas

New figures suggest animal lovers will spend more on their pets than their nearest and dearest over the festive season.A survey found that owners will be spending an average of £19.98 on their pets compared to just £14.78 on their best friends.While ... 
12 December 2017

Black Friday failed to lift consumer spending in November

Latest UK consumer spending index data from Visa, compiled by finance data company Markit, has indicated that consumer spending declined for the third month running in November. On an annual basis, total expenditure fell by -0.9%, which was less ... 
11 December 2017

Home Hardware Scotland holds first ever Christmas window display competition

Home Hardware Scotland held its first ever Christmas window competition for its members shops and were "delighted with the response and the high level of entries". The entries were put to a vote to the office staff at Home Hardware and the winner ... 
11 December 2017

Retail park giant Hammerson to acquire rival Intu

Hammerson plc, which operates 17 UK retail parks, as well as shopping centres and outlets across the UK and Europe has made an all-share offer to acquire Intu, with a view to create a £21billion pan-European portfolio.The boards of the two companies ... 
8 December 2017

Plans for new Lidl and B&M stores in Crewe

Plans have been submitted to build a new Lidl supermarket, B&M home store and garden centre in Crewe.Clowes Developments (North West) has lodged a hybrid planning application with Cheshire East Council to transform an 8.9-acre site between Mill ... 
7 December 2017

UPDATE: Bunnings' conversions for 2018

Home improvement and garden retailer Bunnings, opened its 10th UK Warehouse store, taking over the former Homebase outlet on Edinburgh Way in Harlow in November, and now news has come to light revealing the locations for new stores that will open ... 
7 December 2017

Box of Allsorts wins home hardware's christmas window dressing competition

We are delighted to announce that Box of Allsorts (Shaftsbury) has won this year’s Christmas Window Dressing Competition. Danum Home Hardware (Doncaster) received the runner’s up prize.All Home Hardware retailers were invited to participate in the ... 
7 December 2017
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