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Letter from Andy Vaughan

The BHETA DIY sector director Andy Vaughan expresses his thanks to the industry on his return to work. 
2 September 2008

Fads' owner posts £145,000 loss after tough year

Strategic Retail hit by market downturn; pulls plug on new store openings. 
2 September 2008

Scribble gives it 'sum wellie'

Leisurewear supplier gets involved in world record attempt to launch new wellie range. 
2 September 2008

PJH goes the distance for children's cancer charity

Staff, including three board directors, raise over £6,000 at Manchester run. 
1 September 2008

Clas Ohlson hands advertising brief to Karmarama

Agency famous for Ikea campaign wins account for all advertising, sales promotion and consumer pr. 
1 September 2008

Plenty for visitors at Home Hardware's Autumn show

Over 100 exhibitors plus special offers and stock deals at Exeter-based show. 
1 September 2008

Profits slump at Grafton

Irish merchanting and retailing group hit by slowdown in trading but vows to emerge stronger and more competitive 
29 August 2008

United Housewares Merchants appoints two new members

Independent wholesaler group United Housewares Merchants has two new members, taking the total within the group to 19. 
29 August 2008

Marshalls focuses on growth sectors as profits fall 17%

Specialist landscape products group look at sales opportunities in growth markets, an acceleration in cost reductions and ways to conserve cash to retain financial flexibility 
29 August 2008

Obituary: Alec Mulholland

Alec Mulholland, one of the early pioneers of Toolbank, has passed away. 
28 August 2008

Matalan named and shamed by FPB

Forum of Private Business (FPB) enters Matalan into its 'hall of shame' after the retailer imposes a new charge on suppliers to fund its growth. 
28 August 2008

Woolworths faces months of turmoil

Investment bank heaps pressure on general retailer with a damning verdict on the retail business, its format, and the company's financial stability 
28 August 2008

Industry backs multi-trade show

Leading trade associations and wholesale groups renew their support for Totally Tools, Totally DIY, and Totally Secure. 
28 August 2008

Mica relocates head office

Staff, including three company directors, move into purpose-built offices overlooking recently opened distribution facility 
28 August 2008

Speculation over job cuts at Homebase

Rumours rife that hundreds of employees will be offered redundancy after staff letter leaked to press. 
20 August 2008

Wyevale appoints Andrew Livingston as chief operating officer

Garden centre rewards former commercial director with new role that reflects his invaluable help in rejuvenating the business, says executive chairman, Jim Hodkinson. 
20 August 2008

Baugur seeks to force negotiations at Woolworths

Icelandic investment group contacts Woolworths' shareholders in bid to bring retailer's directors to negotiating table to talk about a buy-out of retail division. 
19 August 2008

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

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