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Kingfisher - Retail Update

Kingfisher - Retail Update

Kingfisher UK & Ireland reported a weak set of results for Q2 2017/18, with sales down 2.0% to £1,332m. However, the DIY specialist came up against strong comparatives last year (+5.1%), driven by its Screwfix business continuing to extend its specialist ranges and opening new outlets.

August 17, 2017
eRetailer Summit will help Home Improvement sellers build their online sales

eRetailer Summit will help Home Improvement sellers build their online sales

The Home Improvement eRetailer Summit connects manufacturers, distributors, and pre-qualified online retailers who are interested in increasing online sales of home improvement products through collaboration and partnerships. This conference is designed to help educate the home improvement distribution channel about the online retail industry.

August 14, 2017
LG Harris report record delivery times with PixSell iPad ordering

LG Harris report record delivery times with PixSell iPad ordering

When decorating distributors LG Harris envisioned an ordering system which would propel their sales team into the modern day, Aspin delivered. Since launching PixSell at Spring Fair in 2017, reports are positive, with the 15 strong Harris sales reps embracing the transition to digital order catalogues via an iPad.

August 14, 2017
DFS disappoints against other big ticket retailers

DFS disappoints against other big ticket retailers

While DFS has recorded a fifth consecutive year of group revenue growth, its difficult second half nearly counterbalanced its robust first half performance, as weak consumer confidence discouraged customers from making big ticket purchases. Also, as CPI inflation growth has outpaced increases in earnings since February 2017, many shoppers were unwilling to make big ticket purchases such as upholstery.

August 10, 2017
B&M has continued this week’s trend of acquiring convenience stores with its acquisition of Heron

B&M has continued this week’s trend of acquiring convenience stores with its acquisition of Heron

The move was unexpected, but mostly because Heron isn’t a common household name. However, with 251 convenience stores in the North of England and £274.4m of sales, it offers the opportunity for B&M to roll out a convenience offering on a relatively large scale very quickly.

August 2, 2017
BHETA Export Mission 'will open up the Baltic States Market' to members

BHETA Export Mission 'will open up the Baltic States Market' to members

BHETA has organised an export mission to Ljubljana in Slovenia for members on 8th and 9th October, to include a networking conference. The conference will bring together retailers and distributors from across the Baltic States to meet UK suppliers from the home improvement, utility housewares (storage, laundry, and cleaning) and garden markets.

July 28, 2017
Centurion Europe Appoint new Head of Sales

Centurion Europe Appoint new Head of Sales

Centurion Europe, the Doncaster based supplier of DIY, Garden, Housewares and Safety products have announced the appointment of Simon Hutchinson as their new Head of Sales.

July 10, 2017
Dunelm ends financial year on a high

Dunelm ends financial year on a high

Dunelm has turned the tables in Q4, reporting positive like-for-like sales for the first time this financial year – and its share price has soared this morning.

July 7, 2017
Weak consumer confidence continues to impact Topps Tiles

Weak consumer confidence continues to impact Topps Tiles

Topps Tiles l-f-ls deteriorated further during its third quarter as weak consumer confidence and a tough comparative impacted performance. Topps was supported last year by a more buoyant housing market in spring 2016, as consumers moved before the stamp duty increase; however, there has been no such momentum in the housing market in 2017.

July 5, 2017
U Group joins BHETA

U Group joins BHETA

One of Europe’s most comprehensive housewares and catering suppliers, U Group has joined BHETA. Through its nationwide distributor network, U Group supplies over 4000 bar, catering and janitorial products, all from its 150,000-square foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Coventry Road, Birmingham.

July 4, 2017
Making it happen for housewares at Exclusively 2017

Making it happen for housewares at Exclusively 2017

Exclusively proved itself a great example of what a positive approach in difficult economic times can achieve. Show initiatives like Tomorrow’s Kitchen and the Scarlet Opus Trend Tours and seminar programme were all successful in stimulating the industry and helping suppliers and buyers make the most of consumer and design trends.

July 4, 2017
BHETA to launch new website at Spring Fair 2018

BHETA to launch new website at Spring Fair 2018

BHETA is to launch its new website in early 2018. The new site will not only feature all the services exclusive to members, as well as news and events, but will also provide a comprehensive a comprehensive showcase of member brands and products to retail buyers across home improvement, housewares and garden.

July 4, 2017
BHETA forms new Export Committee

BHETA forms new Export Committee

BHETA has created a new committee to drive initiatives in support of the export opportunities throughout the BHETA membership. The new Export Committee, whose first meeting took place on June 7, is chaired by Tony Grimshaw of What More UK Ltd.

July 4, 2017
News - Global DIY Summit 2017

News - Global DIY Summit 2017

The Global DIY Summit proved a massive draw for the home improvement and garden industry with the World’s major suppliers, retailers, opinion formers, and media in attendance. Jointly hosted by the two leading European DIY professional organisations, EDRA and fediyma,, this year saw the first global representation of interest of DIY trade, ghin (Global Home Improvement Network).

July 4, 2017
Retail Viewpoint - Kingfisher 30 April 2017

Retail Viewpoint - Kingfisher 30 April 2017

Screwfix continues to prop up UK as B&Q transformation continues. While B&Q suffers following store closures, with sales falling 4.4% to £908m, Screwfix continues to grow at an impressive rate, with sales up 20.3% on the year to £362m and l-f-l growth of 12.6%.

June 12, 2017
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