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Downturn drags Royal Worcester & Spode into administration

Historic English tableware company Royal Worcester & Spode has today gone into administration. 
6 November 2008

Wrapit creditors won’t be paid

Creditors left out of pocket by the demise of wedding list company Wrapit are unlikely to see a penny according to the ‘Statement of administrators’ proposals’. 
5 November 2008

John Lewis plans makeover for Bluewater branch

Retailer to invest more than £20m in flagship store, ten years after its opening. 
5 November 2008

Good news in wider scheme of things

It seems that while it's bad news for the economy in general, DIY and gardening as a sector may be better equipped to weather the storm than others. 
5 November 2008

Not so seedy

Girls from Johnsons Lawn Seed pose for calendar to raise money for local charity. 
4 November 2008

Marks and Spencer profits drop 34%

But board assures shareholders that interim dividend will not be cut. 
4 November 2008

Debenhams md to leave at end of month

Debenhams made the unexpected announcement today that its managing director Angela Spindler would leave the company at the end of this month after just nine months in the role. 
3 November 2008

Akzo Nobel profits drop in Q3

ICI integration wipes 23% off third quarter profits with ‘incidental’ and ‘one off charges’. 
3 November 2008

DIY Week team up to full strength

DIY Week is delighted to announce a new look editorial team, bringing the team back up to full strength. 
3 November 2008

Gardman announces new MD

Gardman has confirmed that current managing director Andy Bestwick will leave the company after Christmas. Mark Pearson who takes up the ceo position next Monday (November 3) will replace him. 
31 October 2008

Westfield London Centre opens its doors

Europe’s biggest inner-city shopping mall to create 7,000 jobs despite tough trading conditions. 
30 October 2008

B&Q’s light bulb amnesty is bright idea

DIY giant teams up with British Gas to help customers reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills. 
29 October 2008

Littlewoods Direct spends heavily on latest ad campaign

Retailer bucks trend during ‘credit crunch’ and splashes out £5.5m on Christmas advertising campaign. 
29 October 2008

Woolworths lenders call in Deloitte restructuring experts

Bank of Ireland division Burdale Financial and GMAC Commercial Finance appoint corporate restructuring arm ahead of discussions to settle Woolworth’s business plan and 2009 budget. 
28 October 2008

Sparkling results for Cillit Bang owner

Reckitt Benckiser to post forecast-beating profits up from £334m to £373m. 
28 October 2008

B&Q signs sponsorship deal with Channel 4

B&Q has signed a one-year deal to sponsor Channel 4's property shows including Property Ladder, Grand Designs and Location, Location, Location. 
27 October 2008

John Lewis’ sales drop for fifth week in a row

Like-for-like revenue down 7.6% to £48.2m for week ending October 18 as nervous shoppers stay away. 
27 October 2008

High interest Argos payment card described as ‘wicked’

APR of up to 222.7% on Easy Shop Card could exploit cash-strapped shoppers in the run-up to Christmas. 
27 October 2008

Wickes Limerick store to create 40 jobs

New branch first in a line of stores due to open across Ireland in next five years. 
24 October 2008

Calling all manufacturers - Channel 4 documentary helps out in hard times

Renowned businessman Sir Gerry Robinson to offer advice and financial support to some of Britain’s businesses. 
24 October 2008
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