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Topps caught in refinance speculation

Concern raised about the strength of its balance sheet 
9 July 2008

Argos' distribution workers to go on strike

Severe disruption expected as 67% vote for 24-hour strikes across four distribution centres 
8 July 2008

Dunelm stresses positives after reporting first quarterly drop in two years

Like-for-like sales fall 2.4% during the three months to June 28 at homewares retailer 
8 July 2008

LOFA introduces green standard for members

Environmental and ethical accreditation scheme for the selection of garden furniture and barbecues 
8 July 2008

Roy Walker announced as GIMA compere

The popular TV presenter and game show host, Roy Walker will provide entertainment at this year's Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) Awards held later this month. 
7 July 2008

Profits drop for Samuel Heath

Manufacturer of bathroom, kitchen and architectural hardware hit by 'reluctance' of market to accept higher prices 
4 July 2008

BHF survey gives retailers a voice

Get your points across via trade body's report to tell government about the realities of trading 
4 July 2008

Marshalls feels the pinch

Consultations on the closure of two manufacturing plants as market conditions and inflationary pressures mount 
4 July 2008

Swedish DIY retailer to roll out in UK

Clas Ohlson, one of Scandinavia's best known diy and homewares retailers is to open in the UK this year. 
3 July 2008

Focus brings new format to market

Focus DIY has introduced a new format for its stores starting with a new build in the market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire. 
3 July 2008

Aldi to open a store a week

Aldi has announced a massive UK expansion plan, which will see them open a store a week for "the foreseeable future". 
3 July 2008

Tradesmen in North feel the pinch

Hopes that the credit crunch would lead to a boom for tradesmen as homeowners look to improve their properties have been dashed by new figures showing the North of England as the worst hit. 
2 July 2008

Obituary: Ray Fifer

Ray Fifer, National Sales Manager of Henkel UK Limited passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 18 2008 after a long illness. 
2 July 2008

Leekes builds on firm foundations

Leekes has opened its 'advanced' Building Centre concept in Llantrisant, Wales. 
2 July 2008

Shoots acquires third centre

Shoots has announced further expansion with the acquisition of Seymours Garden Centre in Cobham, Surrey for an undisclosed sum. 
2 July 2008

DIY names Wii winner

Paul Murney of Murpak Ltd takes home the must-have game 
2 July 2008

UHM raises £200 for Rainy Day Trust

Industry charity the Rainy Day Trust is £200 better off thanks to the generosity of members of United Housewares Merchants and their suppliers. 
30 June 2008

Wyevale appoints marketing director

Former Homebase head of marketing communications takes on position to develop and expand the Wyevale brand 
30 June 2008

Shoots grows with third acquisition

Berkshire-based garden centre buys Seymour Garden Centre in Cobham 
27 June 2008

Solex builds price offer into summer exhibition

Order prices for outdoor furniture and barbecues placed at the earliest trade show in the 2009 are likely to be the best available, say the organisers. 
27 June 2008

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