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Amefa buys Richardson Sheffield

Richardson (Sheffield) has been purchased by Amefa UK, from the administrators, Ernst & Young for an undisclosed sum. 
8 October 2007

B&Q takes interior design online with 'room designer' service

B&Q today unveiled its newly enhanced website,, with extended product ranges and intelligent new features. 
8 October 2007

Owners of Downtown Superstore and Garden Centre consider approach

Lincolnshire site could fall into the hands of Conduit Skegness Limited. 
4 October 2007

Tesco Direct helps non-food sales remain 'robust'

Despite the poor summer weather and cautious consumers Tesco says its non-food sales remained robust and again grew significantly faster than its core business – helped by a successful first full season for Tesco Direct. 
3 October 2007

Rapid discussing plans to offer a porter service

Liverpool home improvement retailer wants to help shoppers unable to park near new premises planned for 2011. 
3 October 2007

GCA names its garden centres of excellence

Annual audit of members reveals standards are as high as ever with 15 garden centres scoring over 84%. 
3 October 2007

Brands re-book for Glee 2008

Big name garden industry suppliers such as The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Gardman, Finnforest, Town & Country, and Westland Horticulture have re-booked for Glee 2008. 
3 October 2007

Obituary: Henry Rizzo

Prestons Cash & Carry in Manchester is very sad to announce the death of one of its employees. 
2 October 2007

Stax is on the move

Over £11m to be invested in new Manchester site 
2 October 2007

Stone Cross Nurseries to relocate garden centre

Sussex retailer moves back to original site. 
1 October 2007

Forest Garden closes Scottish assembly plant

Forest Garden says it has moved to address the sawn timber supply issues experienced by the fencing industry by closing its assembly operations at Lockerbie. 
1 October 2007

Another mild winter forecast by the Met Office

This winter is forecast to be warmer and perhaps drier than average, according to predictions by the UK's national weather service. 
28 September 2007

Earlex sponsors Britain's Best DIY Superstore Manager

Earlex is delighted to be involved as a sponsor of the 2007 Britain's Best Retailer Awards for the second year running.

28 September 2007

Screwfix sales continue to grow

First half results for the trade outlet show it growing from strength to strength after a 30.3% increase in sales to over £200 million. 
28 September 2007

Garden industry heavweights to present at GIMA business meeting

Garden Industry Manufacturers Association has assembled some of the garden industries high-profile names for its autumn business meeting. 
27 September 2007

Strong September for diy, hardware and floorcoverings

The balance of retailers reporting sales ahead in September was 12%, according to the CBI's distributive trades survey. 
27 September 2007

Brewers opens first Birmingham branch

A significant landmark in the growth of Brewers, the independent decorators’ merchant, has been announced – with the opening of the company’s first Birmingham branch from the beginning of October. 
27 September 2007

New appointments at Dobbies

Three Tesco executive managers given board positions at Dobbies. 
27 September 2007

Profits rise at William Sinclair

Company restructuring paying dividends as group profits rise 72% for the year ending June 30, 2007. 
27 September 2007

Topps delights

The tile retailer has pleased the markets with a forecast indicating sales for the 52 weeks to September 30 are likely to be 15% ahead. 
26 September 2007

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