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Hot weather boosts Kingfisher's UK performance

Consistent hot weather this summer has helped B&Q and Screwfix deliver what Kingfisher described as “improved performances”, with like-for-like (LFL) sales up 4.2% in Q2 “within the context of a continuing weak UK consumer backdrop”.The ...
16 August 2018 0 Comments

Sunshine sends garden centre sales soaring

Sales at garden centres across the country continued to soar in June (2018) thanks to the sunny weather according to the Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade report.Outdoor plant sales were up 26.94% compared to the same month last year (...
15 August 2018 0 Comments

Homebase announces CVA proposal and will cut thousands of jobs

Homebase has today announced the next phase of its restructuring plan, the company is to launch a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and is seeking approval from creditors on a proposed plan to reduce its cost base in the UK and the Republic of ...
14 August 2018 2 Comments

Akzo Nobel acquires Trade Paints

Akzo Nobel has announced it has purchased the business and assets of Surrey-based Trade Paints. With three stores in Epsom, East Molesey and Sutton Akzo Nobel takes its total number of Dulux Decorator Centres in the UK to 209.“These stores will make ...
14 August 2018 0 Comments

Adam Dunnett resigns from post at Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale Nurseries has announced that Adam Dunnett has decided to move on from his post as sales and marketing director and will be relocating and taking up a new challenge.Wyevale Nurseries managing director Andy Johnson said: “We would very much ...
13 August 2018 0 Comments People News

Heatwave stunts high street footfall growth in July

Town centres measured a 0.3% uplift in footfall in July; the third consecutive month of growth, although a decline across UK retail parks showed consumers lacked the energy for longer shopping trips in the hot weather.Growth on the high street this ...
10 August 2018 0 Comments

House of Fraser saved by Sports Direct in £90m deal

The department store chain was acquired by Sports Direct after it appointed administrators this morning and faced ending 169 years of trading.Mere hours after House of Fraser revealed it had called in Ernst & Young when “discussions with ...
10 August 2018 0 Comments

Anthracite to behold from Burg-Wächter

Homeowners are increasingly turning to post boxes as a practical and stylish solution to the rising number of postal deliveries. To help ...
14 August 2018
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