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Wesfarmers report huge loss in profits as Homebase failures come to light

Wesfarmers Limited has reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of $212 million for the half-year ended December 31, 2017. The reported profit includes post-tax significant items of $1,323 million relating to Bunnings United Kingdom and Ireland (BUKI) ... 
21 February 2018

The Range to take over Homebase store in Cardiff

Expanding furniture to DIY retailer The Range has agreed a deal to open a new store at a soon-to-close Homebase outlet in Cardiff.Last week Homebase confirmed it was closing its flagship Cardiff store at Culverhouse Cross on March 10.The unit, which ... 
21 February 2018

Ikea set for new store opening in Exeter

Diggers have been busy building IKEA Exeter since the official ground breaking ceremony in spring 2017.The store will be located just off Junction 30 on the M5, close to the A379 and will offer the full Ikea product range including a restaurant, ... 
20 February 2018

Grafton Group acquires Leyland SDM for £82.4million

The deal will see the merchanting and DIY group enhance its estate of large-format Selco branches with the addition of Leyland’s ‘small-box’ style convenience outlets across central London. Grafton Group, which has operations in the UK, Ireland, ... 
19 February 2018

Aldi launches DIY range in its 'Specialbuys' section as consumers look to discount retailers

Aldi has released an extended range of DIY tools and products in its Specialbuys section yesterday, as consumers flock to discount retailers for homeware goods.The range features a wide selection of "top-quality and excellent value tools and ... 
19 February 2018

BHETA to hold Exclusively briefing for exhibitors

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to host a half-day briefing session for members planning to exhibit at this year’s Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Shows. The briefing takes place on March 1 at Federation ... 
16 February 2018

Kingfisher to axe 400 jobs in France

Europe's largest home improvement retailer, said on Tuesday it planned to cut more than 400 jobs at its Castorama and Brico Depot units in France as it seeks to reduce costs amid weak sales.Kingfisher, which is in the second year of a global plan to ... 
16 February 2018

GCA launches new Rising Star programme for catering staff

Following the on-going success of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Rising Stars initiative, a new programme aimed at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference last month.Sponsored by Creed Foodservice, the new programme has ... 
16 February 2018

Patlock secures listings in two major national retailers

Following its appearance on Dragons’ Den, Patlock – the fitted French door lock, has landed deals with Argos and Robert Dyas nationwide.It’s a major coup for Rectella International, whose Bar-Be-Quick brand holds the retail distributorship for the ... 
16 February 2018

Home Hardware named Britain’s Best Housewares Wholesaler

Dealer-owned buying group, Home Hardware Southwest won the Best Housewares Wholesaler accolade at the annual Housewares Innovation Awards hosted by DIY Week sister title, Housewares Magazine.It is the second year running that Home Hardware has taken ... 
16 February 2018

AkzoNobel receives triple recognition as Top Employer

AkzoNobel's continued commitment to offering the best conditions for its employees has been recognized by the Top Employers Institute, with the company receiving official certification in three of its key markets - Brazil, China and the UK. The ... 
15 February 2018

Kelkay bought by Griffon Corporation

Family-run garden landscaping brand, Kelkay has been acquired by the same US firm that took over La Hacienda last July. It now forms part of The AMES Companies, Inc - the largest supplier of non-powered lawn and garden tools in US, Canada and ... 
14 February 2018

Lasher Tools makes move into the UK market

International gardening brand, Lasher Tools has entered the UK market and has appointed JAMP PR to help it target garden centres, builders merchants and home improvement retailers.Established in South Africa over 80 years ago, Lasher supplies ... 
14 February 2018

DIY Week Awards 2018: There’s still time to enter

The deadline for entry to the DIY Week Awards is next week – don’t miss your chance to enter, when all it takes is just three easy steps to put your business, initiative or team forward for an award.Entry for the DIY Week Awards is still open but ... 
26 January 2018

Bunnings Warehouse in Hanworth is open for business

The latest Bunnings conversion started trading this week ahead of an official opening next month. DIY Week took a look around. The store – a former Homebase branch on Twickenham Road in Feltham near Hanworth, opened to the public on Monday, January 22. ... 
26 January 2018

Houzz Shop launched in UK

US home renovation and design platform, Houzz has brought its home products marketplace to the UK with the launch of Houzz Shop, making more than 100,000 products and materials available to British consumers. The launch – the first for the company ... 
24 January 2018

GCA ‘garden centres of excellence' winners announced

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Tuesday, January 23, 2018) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its 52nd annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence.The awards were presented to the winners during ... 
24 January 2018

Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference 2018

Garden centres from across the country scooped awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 52nd annual conference yesterday (January 22, 2018).The awards were presented to the member garden centres during a ceremony at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in ... 
23 January 2018

Longer-term picture of retail sales "is one of slowing growth" says ONS

The Retail Sales Index from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that retail sales were boosted in the last three months of 2017, perhaps with credit being due to Black Friday sales.The Retail Sales Index showed that in the latest ... 
22 January 2018

Carpetright issues profit warning with trading "significantly behind expectations"

Carpetright plc, Europe’s specialist carpet and floor coverings retailer, has announced an update on trading for the 11 weeks ended 13 January 2018.Despite reporting sales growth in the third quarter, trading in the important post-Christmas period ... 
22 January 2018
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