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High street footfall declines for second month in a row

The latest figures from Springboard show retail footfall was down 1.7% on last year in September, with the high street posting a fall of -2.2%, as high-profile retail collapses have made consumers nervous about making big purchases with major high ... 
15 October 2018

BHETA announces new DIY members and export mission to Romania

Bartoline and Cromar are the latest companies to join the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), as the organisation also announces a new trade mission to Romania to help further the export ambitions of its members.Bartoline Limited, a ... 
15 October 2018

Local DIY store announces expansion

After 28 years of business, GJ’s has fought back against the high-street demise by carrying out an expansion plan - almost tripling its original size. The winning formula of great customer service, discounted prices and an extended product offering, ... 
15 October 2018

Loving Pets Europe wins Young Exporter of the Year 2018

The UK/European operation of Loving Pets has been awarded another well deserved accolade, an award by the British Export Association for Young Exporter of the Year 2018.The company has been bringing innovative products and solutions in what is an ... 
15 October 2018

‘Generation Rent’ would pay £72 more a month if they could decorate

Landlords are at risk of missing out on more than £850 in rental income a year by not letting their tenants decorate their homes, with bold statement walls a favourite trend amongst renters.New research has found that 20% of renters would pay extra,... 
12 October 2018

Sofology opens its 42nd store in Plymouth

Continuing their exciting expansion, Sofology has opened its 42nd store at Gateway Retail Park, Plymouth today.The Plymouth store marks the first South West opportunity, establishing the continued success of Sofology as a brand. Located over a 20,... 
12 October 2018

Nation’s interest in wildlife creates opportunities this winter

Wyevale’s ‘Garden Trend Report’ reveals that 82% of the British public want to attract more wildlife to their garden, with opportunities for retailers in the category during the colder months ... 
12 October 2018

Brassware and taps market sees 4% growth despite intense pricing pressures

The brassware and taps market in the UK, which is worth in excess of £200million, is estimated to have grown by 4% in 2017, regardless of ongoing pricing pressures impacted by weak exchange rates and incerasing competition.Following a period of slow ... 
20 September 2018

Stax announces partnership with Rawlplug

Stax Trade Centres has announced details of another new strategic partnership which will provide its customers with access to an increased range of fixings, fastenings, anchors, sealants and adhesives from Rawlplug. The partnership will see almost 1,... 
19 September 2018

Screwfix announces 600th store to open in Hoddesdon

Screwfix is set to open its 600th UK store on the Trident Industrial Estate in Hoddesdon, making it its 100th store opening in the past 18 months.The new store, which has created 8 jobs in the town, officially opens its doors on Thursday September ... 
19 September 2018

B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

The DIY chain reported a fall in like-for-like (LFL) sales in the first half in the UK & Ireland, impacted by a 5.4% drop in non-weather-related categories, including showroom.Total sales were down 2.3% to £1,833million for the trading period, ... 
19 September 2018

Tesco launches discount chain Jack's with 10-15 stores to open by 2019

Tesco has today launched a new brand, and stores - Jack’s. Part of the Tesco Family, Jack’s offers great tasting food that is grown, reared or made in Britain at the lowest possible prices to bring customers outstanding value.The launch of Jack’s is ... 
19 September 2018

ManoMano rebrands its online marketplace

ManoMano has announced a transformation as the e-tailer announces a rebrand in line with its evolution.ManoMano is the go-to place for every DIY need - an online marketplace dedicated to all things DIY and gardening. It has over two million products ... 
19 September 2018

Clas Ohlson urges consumers to tune back into their home life with new ‘A Better Home’ campaign

Swedish retailer Clas Ohlson has debuted a new TV ad this month to support its A Better Home campaign, created to encourage people to use their smartphones more wisely and enjoy their home, when they’re at home.The TV ad, which you can see here, ... 
18 September 2018

Capital Gardens buys Studley Green from Hillview

London independent garden centre, Capital has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Studley Green Garden Centre in High Wycombe.Studley Green was operated by Hillview Garden Centres for four years, and its acquisition forms part of Capital ... 
18 September 2018

Garden sector feeling positive at Glee 2018

The sustained good weather this summer helped create a buoyant mood at this year’s show, whilst retailers and suppliers waxed lyrical about the uplift they have seen in sales thanks to consumers’ ongoing love of houseplants.... 
14 September 2018

Dunelm announces second year of falling profits

Dunelm Group plc has said it let "basic retail disciplines" slip as it reported a 6.7% fall in underlying pre-tax profits to £102m for the year to June 30.The company said it has been challenged by the recent Worldstores acquisition, but with strong ... 
14 September 2018

Housebuilding growth slows down in London

London’s homebuilders have been outpaced by the rest of Great Britain, as investment in housebuilding dropped to its lowest value in six years. The number of residential contracts awarded in London in 2017 was 34% lower than the value awarded in 2016,... 
14 September 2018

Habitat opens first new flagship store in a decade

Interiors retailer, Habitat has unveiled the first of its two new stand-alone flagship stores today at shopping centre, Westfield London.The opening represents an investment of £1.5million from owner Sainsbury’s, with Habitat celebrating the ... 
14 September 2018

Garden Re-Leaf Day 2019 kicks off at Glee

The eighth Garden Re-Leaf Day was officially launched at Glee this week with Greenfingers Charity calling on all sectors of the garden industry to get involved.With Greenfingers celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, organisers are working on ... 
13 September 2018
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re: B&Q sales dip 2.5%, as showroom sales decline

B&Q bob
Screwfix sales are up because they position new stores close to B&Q stores but then price like for like products cheaper than within BQ ...

re: B&Q kicks off kitchen & bathroom recruitment drive

B&Q bob
Wickes are not alone, Wrens kitchens has seen large numbers of unappreciated BQ kitchen sales staff join them because of BQs attitude ...

re: Toolstation.com excels in Which? website survey

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This was my first visit to toolstation in farnham but it will definatly not be my last the service was exceptional staff were welcoming i ...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

B&Q bob
Ms Laury has overseen perhaps the worst period of BQ history under her leadership, staff have had their wages cut while witnessing their ...

re: Screwfix opens 600th store as business continues to build

B&Q bob
Why is kingfisher giving screwfix lower prices to sell at than their BQ stores? Staff in B&Q suffer constant abuse from trade customers ...

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