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Retail Viewpoints - Debenhams

Retail Viewpoints - Debenhams

A mixed bag of results is typical from Debenhams, with today’s update no different: H1 UK GTV reached £1,345m, UK l-f-ls were up 0.5%, but domestic operating profit fell by 11.3% to £67.5m. Continued underwhelming trading has resulted in the retailer’s new turnaround strategy, Debenhams Redesigned, aiming to boost destination appeal via experiential retail and a unique offer, and drive online growth.

April 20, 2017
BHETA members launch exclusive new DIY products for spring 2017

BHETA members launch exclusive new DIY products for spring 2017

BHETA helps bring together manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to uncover new product solutions from premium branded to own label. Read more to find out what exclusive new products have just been launched.

April 6, 2017
BHETA sponsors exciting content at Exclusively shows 2017

BHETA sponsors exciting content at Exclusively shows 2017

BHETA is to sponsor an exciting new programme of content at this year’s Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Shows, all dedicated to exploring the latest predictions for consumer trends going forward into 2018. Trends forecaster, Scarlet Opus will again be working with BHETA to provide a brief on key consumer and design trends, organising BHETA-sponsored ‘Trend Tours’ and selecting ‘On Trend’ product from exhibitors to feature at the shows.

April 5, 2017
Amazon's BHETA forum attracts 280+ delegates

Amazon's BHETA forum attracts 280+ delegates

The Forum, which takes place on April 21st at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, provides an excellent opportunity for suppliers either experienced in or simply wanting a better understanding of e-commerce.

April 5, 2017
Retailer Viewpoint - Topps Tiles

Retailer Viewpoint - Topps Tiles

Topps Tiles recorded a decline in H1 l-f-ls for the first time since FY 2012/13 as the retailer struggled against a stiff comparative and weak consumer confidence throughout the period. Read more.

April 4, 2017
Kingfisher buoyed by strong Screwfix sales

Kingfisher buoyed by strong Screwfix sales

DIY specialist Kingfisher reported a positive set of results for 2016/17, driven by impressive l-f-l sales from Screwfix (13.8%), which opened 60 new outlets and saw strong growth from its specialist trade desks and online. Kingfisher announced it will prioritise investment in the Screwfix brand as part of its five-year transformation plan, with a target of 700 outlets.

March 22, 2017
Cautious optimism from Ocado

Cautious optimism from Ocado

Supply chain investment continues to pay dividends for Ocado, as retail sales reach £352.4m in Q1 2016/17. Ocado’s relentless drive for efficiency throughout the fulfilment process has enabled it to combat continued falling basket sizes (down 1.6% to £110.84), as UK consumers undertake smaller, more regular shopping missions. Read more...

March 14, 2017
BHETA and bira Tussle it out on the Turf

BHETA and bira Tussle it out on the Turf

The industry’s two leading trade associations BHETA and bira will come together again to present a friendly but, competitive networking, business and social occasion in the calendar by way of the ‘Tussle on the Turf’ golf event.

March 13, 2017
Physical sales down 1.0% at John Lewis

Physical sales down 1.0% at John Lewis

The total UK non-food offline (stores and mail order) market declined 0.3% in 2016. While DIY & gardening and essential health & beauty items propped this up from falling further – both sectors John Lewis is less exposed to – a 1.0% decline in physical store sales signals a widespread issue for UK retailers, particularly since John Lewis opened two new shops during the year.

March 9, 2017
Smeg joins BHETA

Smeg joins BHETA

The iconic Italian appliance manufacturer, Smeg UK has joined BHETA. Smeg UK, established in 1989, has been supplying premium domestic appliances across the UK for more than 20 years. Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, the company supplies a range of over 750 products across all via major retailers and distributors throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland.

March 7, 2017
Hozelock rejoins BHETA

Hozelock rejoins BHETA

One of the garden sector’s biggest brands, Hozelock has rejoined BHETA. Supplying the market with a comprehensive range that covers garden watering, garden pressure sprayers, pond equipment and high-pressure cleaners, the company was founded on an airfield in 1959. Read more ...

March 7, 2017
Exclusively briefing attracts over 50 exhibitors

Exclusively briefing attracts over 50 exhibitors

Over 50 BHETA members attended a BHETA half day briefing for members planning to exhibit at this year’s Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Shows. The briefing forum was aimed at those wishing to find out more about upcoming trends in the housewares and small electricals retail market, and how they can be used to influence product displays at the Exclusively Shows.

March 7, 2017
Massive response to BHETA TV briefing

Massive response to BHETA TV briefing

BHETA has enjoyed a great response to an appeal it received from Spun Gold TV, looking for BHETA members to supply products for its forthcoming primetime series: Love Your Home and Garden.

March 7, 2017
Travis Perkins buoyed by strong consumer sales

Travis Perkins buoyed by strong consumer sales

Building supplier specialist Travis Perkins reported a strong set of results for its consumer division for 2015/2016, with positive l-f-l sales on 2015. However, the retailer reported a 1% fall in group profits owing to a decline in its plumbing & heating division.

March 2, 2017
BHETA seeks government support for Export

BHETA seeks government support for Export

As part of the Ambiente Country Partner initiative, BHETA housewares director, Will Jones met with Mark Garnier, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade with a view to increasing Government backing for current and aspiring exporters.

February 21, 2017
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