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Best December ever for Home Hardware (Scotland)

Home Hardware (Scotland) has reported a sales increase of 9.7% for the month of December 2008 - the best December trading since Home Hardware began trading in 1983. 
6 January 2009

Next sees sales slip

High street retailer Next has reported a 7% decline in like-for-like sales for the half year to December 24 2008 - at the bottom end of its guidance range of between -4% and -7% given back in September. 
6 January 2009

Steady performance for Debenhams despite ‘difficult’ conditions

Department store reports a 1% increase in gross transaction value on last year with online sales up 37.4% 
6 January 2009

Waterford Wedgwood starts the New Year in administration

Waterford Wedgwood has called in the administrators this morning after failing to prove it has enough cash to secure further loans. 
5 January 2009

Redundancies should be ‘last resort’ in downturn

As UK unemployment looks set to peak at 3.1m in 2009, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) warns companies of the hidden cost of redundancies. 
5 January 2009

A service that delivers

A new delivery system, from kitchen and bathroom distributors Mark Two, allows consumers to arrange their own delivery and check or change their order themselves, despite having bought through national retailers such as Wickes, Next and Tesco. 
5 January 2009

Big names for Business Meeting

The speaker line up for the GIMA Business Meeting at the end of this month has been finalised and includes names from some of the UK's most respected and largest retailers and suppliers. 
5 January 2009

Kenrick steps down as B&Q restructures board

Marketing director Jo Kenrick parts ways with company as it sets out new commercial agenda. 
2 January 2009

Whittard of Chelsea saved

Specialist tea, coffee and tabletop retailer Whittard of Chelsea was rescued just before Christmas in a 'pre-pack' buyout agreement. 
2 January 2009

Unstaffed DIY store makes almost £200

A DIY store owner left his shop open and attended only by an honesty box on Boxing day and made almost £200. 
2 January 2009

The Pier - Everything must go

The Pier has been unable to find a buyer over the Christmas period and looks likely to close with the loss of 350 jobs. 
2 January 2009

Retail traffic up 3.2% for Christmas

Sales encourage non-food shopping trips during Christmas week, resulting in the first increase on 2007 in nine weeks. 
2 January 2009

Is Whittard's the next credit crunch casualty?

Tea, coffee and housewares retailer Whittard of Chelsea is understood to be on the brink of administration. 
23 December 2008

Hultafors Group acquires Snickers

The Hultafors Group has owned Snickers Workwear since December 2006, however, in a deal announced today, it will acquire the franchise company Snickers Original in the UK. 
23 December 2008

Home Retail's return to FTSE a disappointment

Shares in Argos and Homebase parent company drop 13% to 204p after a six month absence due to concerns over level of discounting. 
23 December 2008

British company bucks trend

Shutter and blind retailer The California Company has reported a 26% increase in like-for-like profits for the three months to October. 
22 December 2008

Klondyke Group buys 24th centre

Bob and Dorothy Gault, owners of the Klondyke Group of Garden Centres, including Strikes Garden Centres, have confirmed the acquisition of Brookside Garden Centre at Poynton, Cheshire. 
22 December 2008

Plastic shopping bag use to be cut by 50%

Major retailers have signed up to a government initiative to cut the use of plastic bags in half by spring 2009. 
19 December 2008

Hobbycraft profits up 10%

Hobbycraft is so far proving immune to the economic downturn by revealing turnover has grown by £7.7m to 62.1m. 
19 December 2008

Poundland fined after selling knife to teenager

A Poundland store has had to pay more than £4,000 after being caught selling a knife to a 17-year-old. 
18 December 2008

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