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No damp spirits here 

Yes, the summer has admittedly been a bit of a washout, but the wet weather doesn't seem to have dampened the spirits of the garden retailers and suppliers we spoke to for our recent garden market special. ... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 20 September 2012 12:54:03 More from: Editor's Blog

Mob rule ok? 

It is quite likely that the term 'cash mob' is something you've not come across before but it's a trend that seems to be gathering pace on the UK's high streets and might be worth looking into. ... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 23 August 2012 10:45:15 More from: Editor's Blog

Room for everybody 

So, the Robert Dyas sale saga has finally come to a conclusion, with the news that Ryman's owner and star of BBC's Dragon's Den Theo Paphitis has bought the retail chain. The businessman proudly announced the acquisition on his Twitter page, exclaiming: "I am in the ironmongery business!" However, he may get a bit of a surprise when he reviews the retailer's offer, as last time I checked, there wasn't a huge amount of ironmongery to be had. ... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 19 July 2012 12:07:35 More from: Editor's Blog

Focus: a fair payout? 

News has spread this week that former Focus employees could be in line for compensation after the firm and its administrators failed to carry out a proper period of consultation when axing staff last year. Sounds like a great outcome for those who lost their jobs - except when you look at the fine print. ... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 05 July 2012 12:31:34 More from: Editor's Blog

If the price is right... 

The issue of price is something I've no doubt the industry is battling with constantly. In tough economic conditions, the temptation is to drop prices to encourage shoppers to spend but then, of course, you start eating into your margins.... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 18 June 2012 17:13:49 More from: Editor's Blog

Have we turned a corner? 

Out and about at Chelsea last week I was encouraged by how many big industry names were on show again this year - whether they had taken a stand or created a spectacular show garden. ... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 31 May 2012 16:03:53 More from: Editor's Blog

To trade or not to trade 

Our front page story generated quite a bit of interest this week and, I was actually quite surprised at the number of people who came out in support of Beckworth's decision to close over the Jubilee Bank holiday Monday and Tuesday.... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 24 May 2012 12:41:03 More from: Editor's Blog

Is Argos outdated? 

With the news that, after just two months in the job, Argos' new boss is launching a full review of 748-strong retail chain, the end result may provide an answer to the question on many people's lips; is the Argos format outdated? ... Read entry
Posted by Fiona Garcia 10 May 2012 16:01:02 More from: Editor's Blog
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