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Home and gift sales lift John Lewis weekly figures

Total sales were up 3.8% last week compared with last year, with home, gift, and large electricals providing a significant boost.Overall, home sales were up 4%, with gifts, cook and dine sales up 3.2%.  Within this, gift sales were up 17%, driven by ... 
19 June 2019

Parker Building Supplies acquires Stamco

The 15-strong independent builders merchant has taken over Sussex Turnery and Moulding Company Limited (Stamco) in a deal that accelerates the firm’s growth strategy and takes its new combined turnover to £100million.The acquisition was supported by ... 
19 June 2019

Lidl announces £500m expansion plan in London

Lidl has announced it plans to expand in London, with a new HQ as well as a new store in the heart of city, with a £500m investment plan. The investment is planned for the next five years and will help the retailer expand across the capital. Adding ... 
19 June 2019

John Lewis customers can now return shopping to Waitrose delivery drivers

John Lewis customers can now return their purchases to Waitrose delivery drivers at the same time as they receive their groceries. The service means shoppers can return clothing and home purchases without leaving the comfort of their own home.... 
18 June 2019

Two Dobbies centres sold to Caulders

A Caulder & Co Limited, the owner of Caulders Garden Centres, has made two fresh acquisitions with financial backing from Clydesdale Bank. The company has acquired Dobbies Garden Centres in Kinross and Cumbernauld, growing its portfolio of ... 
18 June 2019

Capital Gardens acquires former Wyevale centre

The independent garden centre group, which bought Studley Green from Hillview last September, has now taken on Wyevale’s Sherfield on the Loddon centre, taking its estate to five centres.The garden centre, just north of Basingstoke off the A33, was ... 
17 June 2019

Dulux set to open new Painting & Decorating Academy in Leeds

The paint brand will officially open the doors to its latest Academy at Leeds College of Building on Monday, June 17.Located at the UK’s only dedicated building college, the new Academy site is part of a national drive by Dulux Academy to upskill 10,... 
14 June 2019

Furniture Village rapped for bed promotion

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld a complaint by a consumer who had rushed to make a purchase before a sale ended, only to see the price drop further. The ad watchdog said future ads must make the base of savings clear, so as not to ... 
14 June 2019

Screwfix scraps DIY Express format

Kingfisher confirms the remaining Shepton Mallett branch has now reverted to a Screwfix, as the business moves away from its trial of the dedicated DIY store format.The 5,000sq ft DIY Express store in Shepton Mallett opened on Haskins Retail Estate ... 
13 June 2019

Amazon and Morrisons to expand ‘ultra-fast same-day’ home delivery

The online giant and supermarket chain will roll the ‘Morrisons at Amazon’ store on Prime Now service out to more cities across the UK, including Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Sheffield and Portsmouth.The same-day online grocery home delivery ... 
13 June 2019

Real progress made with recyclable pots in garden industry

A meeting of the Nursery Working Group on June 6 demonstrated the substantial progress made by the industry towards the adoption of kerbside recyclable non-black plant pots.Growers attending the meeting reported that they have all moved away from ... 
12 June 2019

Increase in pass rates of underage knife test purchases but “still work to do”, says independent auditor

Despite major high street names being caught out on test purchases recently, new data suggests retailers are stepping up action to keep knives out of the hands of underage shoppers, with audit pass rates jumping from to 82% in 2018. However, online ... 
12 June 2019

Debenhams says challenges to CVA are “without merit”, as Mike Ashley launches legal battle

House of Fraser and Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley has submitted a legal challenge to Debenhams’ company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which was approved by the department store’s creditors last month.However, Debenham’s new owners’ say the claims... 
11 June 2019

Toolstation to start stocking boilers

For the first time Toolstation has added boilers into its central heating range and will offer a complete range from Vokèra by Riello.Toolstation will carry three different combi boilers and two system boilers, along with flue kits and accessories, ... 
11 June 2019

N&C Tiles & Bathrooms wins retail category at the TTA Awards

The tile chain took home the accolade for Excellence in Retail at the annual awards ceremony, in “recognition of its efforts to improve tile retailing”, says the TTA.Detailing the reason for N&C’s win, the TTA explained that the retailer’s brand ... 
11 June 2019

John Lewis announces integration of home improvement services

As part of its strategy to expand beyond shops and online into new and enhanced services, John Lewis & Partners has announced plans to expand its offering, so it now not only furnishes homes but also extends and renovates them. John Lewis already ... 
11 June 2019

Nicholls & Clarke opens dedicated paint centre

The building products manufacturer and distributor has celebrated the opening of a new, dedicated paint store in Edmonton, North London.The branch will trade under ‘The Paint Centre by N&C’ and offers painting and decorating solutions for both ... 
11 June 2019

High street footfall drops 4.8% in May but long-term trend is positive

The latest figures from the BRC and Springboard reveal that the UK experienced its worst footfall in six years last month, with declines across all regions and retail locations, as colder weather and ongoing political uncertainty “made consumers ... 
10 June 2019

Stax expands wall and floor tile offer

The UK wholesaler has “taken positive steps” to combat issues in tile supply chain and revealed details of 14 new designs and collections recently added to its product range.The new tile ranges include classic designs, as well as modern, plain and ... 
7 June 2019

Tinder for retail buyers secures £300k funding

A “game-changing” online platform, which works to bring retail buyers and suppliers together and counts John Lewis, Tesco and TK Maxx amongst its customers, has secured a six-figure investment.Glasgow-based start-up firm, Product Guru is described ... 
7 June 2019
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