Archive for the ‘Business news’ Category

23 Feb 2011: Travis Perkins profitable but cautious

Travis Perkins PLC, the company behind Wickes as well as an own-brand builders’ merchant, has announced a rise in in annual profits – but it remains cautious about the home improvement market.

24 Jan 2011: Everest reports business turnaround

Home improvement company Everest has seen a big climb in its profits, according to The Telegraph’s business staff.

18 Dec 2010: Wickes gets VAT change sales boost

The rush to beat January’s VAT increase has boosted sales at DIY chain Wickes, according to its owner Travis Perkins.

4 Oct 2010: Kingfisher to adopt franchise model for DIY stores

Kingfisher, the DIY retailer which owns B&Q, and Screwfix, is looking for local partners to take on franchises in order to expand its business, according to The Independent.

16 Sep 2010: Kingfisher beats profits forecast

Kingfisher Plc, Europe’s biggest home improvement retailer and the company behind brands including B&Q and Screwfix, has beaten its first-half profit forecasts.

4 Sep 2010: MFI is on its way back

Remember MFI, the epitome of assemble-it-yourself furniture long before anyone had heard of IKEA? Well, the once-ubiquitous retailer could soon be making a comeback.

20 Aug 2010: Green cash for homeowners is good news for builders too

A proposed government scheme to help homeowners ‘green’ their properties could represent good news for builders and contractors in a sluggish market, according to a home improvement company.

22 Jul 2010: Kingfisher sales are down again

Home improvement retailer Kingfisher Plc, the company that owns the B&Qand Screwfix, has reported a 0.8 per cent decline in second-quarter sales at stores open for more than a year.