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New homeware brand of Argos, Heart of House reveals insights into British homes

UK’s largest digital retailer Argos launched a new homeware and furniture brand, Heart of House which was designed to meet the needs of real family lives and homes. This is of course, taking into consideration how changed family life has become th...
11:22AM - Tue 2nd September 2014
Kingfisher CEO Sir Ian Cheshire in a Castorama store

Two thirds are improving their home, Kingfisher report finds

The home industry boom is well under way, according to an in-depth report from DIY giant Kingfisher.More than two thirds of Europeans (68 per cent) are making home improvement changes such as painting and decorating, sprucing up the garden and ins...
11:22AM - Wed 6th August 2014
The retailer remained profitable throughout the downturn and invested for future growth

Harvey Jones Kitchens: “The high street is past the worst”

Mid-to-upmarket kitchen retailer Harvey Jones Kitchens says it is seeing the economic recovery take hold as more mortgages are approved.The retailer is planning to launch 60 new stores in some of the UK’s most affluent areas to bring its UK portfo...
09:50AM - Wed 6th August 2014
Made.com founders

Made.com launch 'Social Showroom'

Made.com has launched a social media platform that allows interior design enthusiasts to connect with each other and see products within the context of a home. Made Unboxed is the latest venture from the online design company. Using the site, cust...
08:51AM - Fri 25th July 2014

Ikea pull advert after MH17 tragedy

Ikea have decided to pull their latest video advert due to fears it may cause offence following the recent tragedy in Ukraine.The advert, titled ‘Theres No Bed Like Home’ features a woman cascading through a city skyline. It begins with her waking...
02:59PM - Wed 23rd July 2014
An Ikea bed in-store

Ikea cosies up to customers in new advert

Home furnishing retailer Ikea is taking more a personal approach to the way it markets its products to a British audience.In conjunction with a revamped in-store customer programme, the retailer is seeking to show more of an interest in customer’s...
09:07AM - Mon 14th July 2014
A Dunelm store

Dunelm grows profit to £116m

Homeware chain Dunelm has posted a full-year profit of £116m as it successfully capitalised on the UK housing boom.The group, which sell blinds, bedding, curtains and kitchenware, increased profits by 7.4 per cent as its aggressive store expansion...
04:07PM - Tue 8th July 2014
Carpetright lost £7.2m last year but has refurbished almost 100 UK stores

Carpetright sees losses widen in 'challenging' market

Floor covering firm Carpetright has seen its year losses widen to £7.2m as market conditions remained “challenging” for the business.Total sales fell 2.2 per cent as poor trading in mainland Europe, particularly the Netherlands, hit profits for th...
12:32PM - Tue 24th June 2014

LFL sales edge up 0.7% at Laura Ashley

British home retailer Laura Ashley has posted a 0.7 per cent rise in like-for-like sales for the 19 weeks to 8th June 2014.Despite a total retail sales fall of 0.9 per cent year-on-year, the firm remained upbeat and pointed towards growth in its i...
09:45AM - Thu 12th June 2014
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