Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Latest News

Homebase sales drop as parent posts profits rise

The Home Retail Group, has revealed a jump in profits despite a 1.4% like-for-like (lfl) drop in sales at its Homebase stores. 
2 May 2007

Carpetright buys floor covering specialist

Acquisition of north of England company provides additional UK expansion opportunities 
2 May 2007

Stricken Focus DIY deal 'by end of week'

The sale of stricken Focus DIY continues to make the news with reports that it is in advanced talks with a US buy-out group that specialises in distressed debt investments. 
2 May 2007

Business round-up

Lambet Howarth struggles, Lakeland sees pre-tax profit rise 
2 May 2007

JML adds two shopping channels to its portfolio

JML has purchased two Sky channels to boost its direct to consumer offering 
1 May 2007

Rumour mill puts US diy chains top of bid list for Focus DIY

North American retailers Home Depot and Lowes are believed to be likely bidders for troubled diy chain. 
30 April 2007

Cromford Garden Centre to close

Owner says financial pressures and difficulty in securing planning permission forced sale 
30 April 2007

Market growth brings cheer for Plasti-kote

Focus on colour in home and garden projects is a key contributor to market growth in the spray paint sector 
27 April 2007

Diy buyer at Home Hardware South West wins trip to Paris

Paul Andrews jets off to Paris Fashion Week catwalk shows 
27 April 2007

New appointment for Mister Blister

Manchester-based packaging specialist extends its customer service team 
27 April 2007

Home Hardware Southwest pays rebate to members

Loyalty and commitment rewarded, says chairman 
26 April 2007

Lister Locks moves ahead with expansion programme

Changes 'very well received,' says chief executive 
26 April 2007

More sponsors sign up for Industry Awards

Five sponsors including Lakeland, the BBC, and Tenax have announced their backing of the Industry Awards. 
26 April 2007

Instore delays results

Majority shareholder looks for buyer 
26 April 2007

UK homeowners seeking second property

Buy-to-let seen as good alternative to pension plans 
25 April 2007

Logan Homecare closes its doors

Internet and sheds force closure 
25 April 2007

Homebase puts environmental challenge to staff

Stores to compete to become 'Green Store Champion 2007' 
25 April 2007

Homebase launches first ever trade card

Trial to hit London and Midlands 
24 April 2007

Strong start to the year for Hozelock

Watering equipment market leader sees sales 'exceed expectations' 
24 April 2007

B&Q joins forces with high street retailers to cut carbon footprint

Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Sky front green campaign 
23 April 2007
*

Latest reader comments

re: Carl Kammerling Fusion 2021 Trade Promotion – Filled with exciting new deals!

MIKE
GOOD AFTERNOON,WE USED TO DEAL WITH YOUR COMPANY MANY YEARS AGO, BUYING LARGE STOCKS OF DELETED AND RETURNS ITEMS.IF YOU HAVE ANY CLEARANCE ...

re: Toolbank

Bilal Ali
Hi Trust you are doing great. My name is Bilal Ali. I am the owner of Azaan International Ltd, a company specialized in products. We are ...

re: Woolworths staff reunited by new website

John Zullo
Hi I'm trying to find Lisa assistant manager of woolworths in the metro centre 1999 I only now her by her 1st and middle name Lisa Marie ...

re: Planning application submitted for new Homebase store in Abingdon

Gel
They closed their store last year!http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17570442.homebase-abingdon-starts-closing-sale/...

re: Latest update on Green Homes Grant and implications for homeowners and landlords

John Hart
After applying for a green homes how long will it take for a decision? thanks...

Most read stories