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Argos and Unite settle pay dispute

Settlement reached between both parties after adjustments to earlier offers as more than two-thirds of workers vote in favour of an amended pay deal. 
19 August 2008

Management team seals Crown Paints deal

Howard Luft, Eric Mullholland and Joe Devitt welcome the brand's return to independence and vow to build on its heritage. 
19 August 2008

Woolworths rejects 'unacceptable' bid

Former Iceland founder, Malcolm Walker sends in a proposal by letter for retail arm only 
18 August 2008

Founders buy back Floors-2-Go

Brothers Robert and Richard Hodges return to business they founded in 1999 and floated on the stock market in 2004. 
18 August 2008

NWF renews focus with sale of garden centre division

Centres being actively marketed to potential suitors with sale completion expected towards the end of the year 
14 August 2008

DIY and garden hit by worst summer since 2004

Optimistic retailers aim to stay strong and refuse to accept doom and gloom. 
14 August 2008

GCA names best North and South Thames winners

Frosts Garden Centres and Millbrook Garden Centre shine in regional heats 
13 August 2008

Wilkinson: £3bn in sales by 2012

Wilkinson has announced ambitious plans that will see it operate from 500 stores by 2012, generating sales of £3bn - a rise of more than £2.5bn on current trading in 40 months. 
13 August 2008

Cause of 'toxic' sofas revealed

Argos one of three retailers facing 'largest action' taken in UK for a faulty product. 
13 August 2008

Sentry Safe buys stateside

Sentry Safe UK has announced the acquisition of US business Schwab Corporation for an undisclosed sum. 
12 August 2008

Marshalls brushes and rollers to be re-introduced to UK market

German manufacturer and distributor of decorating sundries mako GmbH has signed a deal to re-introduce the Marshall's range of brushes and rollers to the UK market. 
12 August 2008

Former Focus DIY ceo bags Woolworths top job

Steve Johnson succeeds Trevor-Bish Jones as chief executive of troubled high-street retailer 
12 August 2008

Bosch and Royal Doulton named Superbrands

Electrical appliance manufacturer Bosch and tableware company Royal Doulton have been featured in top ten of the UK's favourite brands. 
12 August 2008

Employees over 50 more 'fulfilled'

Older employees are happiest at work, according to survey commissioned by Vodafone. 
11 August 2008

London sales up by nearly 9%

Retail sales in the capital have seen an 8.7% rise for June 2008 compared to same month last year. 
11 August 2008

99p still a winner

French study proves customers still enticed by clever pricing. 
11 August 2008

Gordale founder retires after 60 years

Nursery proud of its long-serving members of staff. 
8 August 2008

Online sales see boost as high street slows down

76% of online retailers have seen an increase in sales over the last 12 months. 
7 August 2008

Former ICI Paints boss launches Trade 1st website

Online business designed to serve painting and decorating professionals without trade account restrictions. 
7 August 2008

Nottingham conman jailed for DIY receipt scam

'Millionaire shoplifter' sentenced to more than two years in prison for money laundering after arrest at Homebase in Altrincham. 
6 August 2008

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