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Tesco cancels dividend to fund future growth at Dobbies

Supermarket giant outlines plans to raise growth, grow internet business, and acquire stores 'when appropriate'. 
30 October 2007

Cunningtons Tools launches 'The Big Tool Shop'

Corby-based Cunningtons Tools has widened its customer base by launching an online tool shop promising delivery of items direct from stock. 
30 October 2007

Plasti-kote reports growth in market share

Heavy brand investment by Plasti-kote has driven growth in the spray paint market as GfK figures for September show that the market has grown by 7.1%. 
29 October 2007

Early Christmas opening paying off for garden centres

Sales boost indicates the Christmas period will be robust. 
28 October 2007

Wickes in franchise deal to extend brand in Ireland

Wickes has entered a franchise agreement with Moritz Home Improvements under which Moritz will develop home improvement stores in Ireland under the Wickes brand. 
26 October 2007

New national sales manager for Kelkay

Former Town & Country manager appointed to strengthen brand. 
26 October 2007

Alltools launches online tool shop

Professional customer base accustomed to purchasing tools on the web, says sales and marketing director. 
26 October 2007

Thompson & Morgan buys Rainbow Flowers

Horticultural supplier Thompson & Morgan has acquired Guernsey-based Rainbow Flowers. 
26 October 2007

Hillier garden centre manager completes South Downs course

Stuart Blight, garden centre manager at Hillier Hemel Hempstead cycled 60 miles for Macmillan Cancer Support in four and a half hours. 
25 October 2007

Garden Centre TV hits the ground running

Initial reaction to launch 'positive', says founder Jim Greenfield 
25 October 2007

Argos the shining star at Home Retail Group

First half results show Argos generating 50% profit growth; Homebase 12%. 
24 October 2007

Gaggia UK sponsors Britain’s Best Retailer Training & Support award

DIY Week is pleased to announce that Gaggia UK will be a sponsor of Britain’s Best Retailer Training & Support award at the prestigious Britain’s Best Retailer Awards 2007. 
23 October 2007

Amefa UK sponsors Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer award

Amefa UK, owners of the Dine, So Eat and Richardson Sheffield Brands will sponsor this year's Best Multiple Housewares Retailer award. 
23 October 2007

Postal strike and weather hamper growth at Flying Brands

Flying Brands, the Jersey-based home shopping group, has said today its trading performance has been hit by the poor summer and strike action at the Royal Mail. 
23 October 2007

Trading at Wickes continues in line with expectations, says Travis Perkins

Price competition hits margins but Wickes says it is confident of market share gains. 
22 October 2007

New names at DIY & Garden Show

London show is attracting a growing list of first-time exhibitors to the leading event for the diy and garden industries. 
22 October 2007

Which? promotes benefits of enery-saving bulbs

Low-energy light bulbs are not only better for the environment, they’re also better for your wallet, says consumer watchdog. 
22 October 2007

GfK breathes life into Britain's Best Retailer Awards

Market research company wants every guest to head home safely. 
22 October 2007

DIY market will return to growth after decline

Market to see increase to £16bn…but don’t celebrate just yet. 
19 October 2007

Maltings Timber builds diy department in new Doncaster outlet

Merchant installs section to capitalise on customer demand. 
18 October 2007

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