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Clas Ohlson opens second Lab Store

The Swedish retailer opened the second of its new concept stores today in Helsinki, Finland, offering customers the chance to shop a more tailored, seasonal product range and experience Clas Ohlson “in a new and exciting way”.The Lab Stores are ... 
19 September 2018

Kingfisher One transformation adds to challenges in French market

The international home improvement giant described operations in France as “difficult”, as retail profit plummeted more than 30% and sales across its Castorama chain fell 6% in the first half, impacted by activity surrounding its five-year turnaround ... 
19 September 2018

IKEA’s services platform TaskRabbit expands to Canada

Small jobs online platform TaskRabbit, which was bought last year by the world’s biggest furniture retailer IKEA Group, has said it is expanding into Canada, its third market after the United States and Britain.TaskRabbit, whose platform connects ... 
18 September 2018

The Home Depot reports an increase of 8.4% for Q2

The Home Depot has reported sales of $30.5 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, an 8.4% increase from the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Comparable sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 were positive 8.0%, and comp sales in the U.S. ... 
17 August 2018

Akzo Nobel strengthens African presence with new coatings facility in Kenya

Dutch paint giant, Akzo Nobel has opened a new coatings production facility in the capital, Nairobi, and says its long-term plan is to expand further and use Kenya as a gateway to the whole of East Africa. The site, which produces coil coatings ... 
9 July 2018

Mr DIY set for rapid expansion following online launch

Malaysia’s largest home improvement chain has announced plans to open 300 new stores across Asia Pacific this year, reflecting a substantial investment in its bricks-and-mortar portfolio, following the launch of its online platform. Mr DIY has ... 
6 July 2018

Importance of online orientation in home improvement products increases

The number of consumers that orient themselves online before purchasing a home improvement is steadily growing year over year, according to a recent report, meaning business should look at focusing their marketing efforts online in order to create ... 
6 July 2018

Smart Garden Products named Supplier of the Year in France

Smart Garden Products French team picked up a prestigious award for Supplier of the Year in the Lighting Category, this week, voted for by garden centre buyers in France.The decision was based on sales potential, product range and innovation, ... 
6 July 2018

AkzoNobel to achieve number one position in Romania with acquisition of Fabryo

AkzoNobel has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Fabryo Corporation S.R.L. (Fabryo), becoming the leader in the Romanian decorative paints market.The transaction includes two production facilities and six distribution centers ... 
21 June 2018

Leading German paint manufacturer, J.W. Ostendorf, becomes part of the Hempel Group

Hempel A/S has signed an agreement to acquire 65% of one of Germany’s leading manufacturers of decorative paint, J.W. Ostendorf (JWO). The investment in JWO is a significant reinforcement in Hempel’s third strategic business area – the decorative ... 
4 June 2018
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re: B&Q overhauls kitchen and bathroom sales process

B&Q bob
They have taken away showroom staff commission most earning a minimum of £300 a month and replaced it with an extra 50p an hour! So the ...

re: Homebase creditors approve Company Voluntary Arrangement proposal

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Does this mean other premises in the same retail parks, with the same landlords, will also see their rents reduced by 50%? It is only fair!...

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re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

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Clas Ohlson was a favourite shop for shopping. Over the years since it opened I always shopped for small electronic items which were very ...

re: Clas Ohlson to close Croydon store, as it continues to “optimise” UK store base

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