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NEWS NEWS IN BRIEF


n Sainsbury’s has launched the first-ever till-free store in the UK and Argos open its first self-service digital store. But some experts ask if digitalising the way consumers shop enough of a solution for bricks-and-mortar stores? Shoppers visiting the Holborn Circus Sainsbury’s Local branch were able to experience the first completely till- free store, which meant customers were only able to check out via their mobile phones in the latest trial to speed up shopping experiences. n Latest research conducted by Common Sense Gardening reveals that 75% of millennials who garden use search engines to source advice and tips on how to grow produce. Although retailers offer advice, millennials still turn to the internet to get the advice they need. “Although many large retailers provide training programmes on garden care products, this can be very basic at times. Employee knowledge is often restricted to the information contained on the back of garden care products,” said chairman of Common Sense Gardening, Gary Philpotts. n Tong Garden Centre has announced it is a finalist in two awards of a horticulture industry competition. The business has been shortlisted in the Best New-Build, Refurbishment, Refit or Extension and the Best Sales or Marketing Campaign Categories of the Horticulture Week Business Awards 2019. n The April 2019 issue of HTA Market Update reported that nationally, garden centre sales recovered well from last March, which saw the UK hit with two large bouts of snow and quashed Mother’s Day sales. This year, the first half of March the UK was met with spells of particularly wet and windy weather brought by storms Freya and Gareth, contributing to the wettest March since 1994. In contrast, the second half of March turned mild and settled, recording the tenth warmest March on record since they began in 1910.


4 DIY WEEK 10 MAY 2019


Travis Perkins reports strong profit growth in Q1 results


Travis Perkins reported strong group revenue growth, up 4.8%, and 4.9% on a like-for-like basis, in Q1, showing continued market


outperformance in


the Contracts division and Toolstation, with LFL sales up 19%. Toolstation reported 25% total


growth amid network expansion and as existing stores mature, while Wickes grew both core DIY and showroom categories, with a turnaround in kitchen and bathroom performance. Adjusted operating profit declined by 1.3% while adjusted EPS grew by 3.7% With


Travis half year Perkins’ results reporting


2018 a


“challenging UK DIY market”


negatively impacting sales and profitability in Wickes, the group said it would have significant cost reduction plans underway. With these plans in now progress, H2


adjusted operating profit,


excluding property profits, grew by 10.7% underpinned by these


activities.


Adjusting items includes a non-cash impairment of £246m against the goodwill in Wickes in H1 and restructuring costs across the Group. Travis Perkins announced in March this year that following a rigorous and wide-


Carpetright restructure restores confidence amongst customers


The carpet and floorcoverings retailer announced LFL sales


in its UK operations


were up “significantly” in Q4, as customer confidence in


the business started to


return following the group’s restructuring last year. In the financial update for the 12 weeks ended April 20, 2019, Carpetright said overall trading performance in the period was “in line with expectations”. As well as an upward sales trend in


track ahead of the same period last year, driven by a strong performance in the Netherlands. It’s good news for the retailer, which saw its performance dented by the ongoing recovery plan and said it expected trading to be heavily impacted by disruption, as it downsized its portfolio, closing around 65 UK stores.


the UK, the retailer was pleased to report that trading in the rest of Europe has continued to


TV gardener to open new look garden at Tong Garden Centre


features planted areas, a dining area, an outside kitchen and a place to relax.


It has been


designed to give new ideas for planting hot colours and lush foliage in creative combinations as well as inspiring ways to style an outdoor space. Tong garden centre said the


TV gardener Katie Rushworth returns to Tong Garden Centre later this month to open her new look garden and outdoor living space. The ITV Love Your Garden co-presenter will officially open the show garden that has been brought to life by Ms Rushwroth and Tong’s team of gardening experts at 11am on 18 May.


Almost double the size of the original Katie Rushworth show garden that was opened in 2017, the tropical themed garden


garden and outdoor living area will be refreshed as the seasons change with touches that Ms Rushworth knows people can achieve in their own gardens. Throughout the year, Ms Rushworth will also be on hand to lend her expertise for a series of videos and will be sharing the secrets of her success in a two hour gardening masterclass and book signing on 5 September. The eighth


series of Love


Your Garden, the programme that transforms the gardens of deserving people throughout the UK, is on air now.


Carpetright chief executive


Wilf Walsh said: “This has been a transitional year for Carpetright


ranging selection process John Carter will step down as CEO and from the Travis Perkins Board on August 5 2019. To ensure a smooth handover, Mr Carter will remain with the Group until the end of 2019. The group said good progress has been made on the strategic actions set out in December 2018, including simplification through the removal of the divisional structure above the Merchant businesses. Travis Perkins says the 2019 adjusted operating


profit is


expected to be similar to 2018. Chief executive officer, John Carter commented: “Whilst we remain positive about the long- term outlook for our end markets, we are planning for uncertain market conditions to continue in the near term. The Group remains focused on self-help actions to underpin performance in the near term, whilst continuing to invest for the future.”


and we remain on track both with our recovery plan and our strategic initiatives. The actions taken are driving improvement, particularly in the invested store estate, and the brand remains strong.


Whilst consumer


confidence remains challenged in the UK, the work we have done to reposition the business is starting to deliver the benefits necessary to put Carpetright back on the path to sustainable profitability.”


Carpetright added that the business remains on target to achieve previously-announced cash savings of £19million. The business will announce its full-year results for the 52 weeks ended April 27, 2019 in June.


Ikea partners with children organisation Barnardo’s


Ikea UK and Barnardo’s today announce a new three-year national partnership to support children and young people across the UK, with a focus on young carers.


The partnership brings together


Ikea’s focus on creating better lives and better lives at home and Barnardo’s knowledge of children and young people, with the ambition of having a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in society.


Launching this National


Children’s Day UK, both organisations believe every child deserves a place to call home, a healthy start in life, a quality education, the right to play and a positive future. Through a child- centred approach, Ikea and Barnardo’s will be led by children and young people to understand how they can better support


them. As such, young people and children will be at the heart of the partnership, taking a lead on how support, funds and expertise should be used, from reimagining spaces and taking part in new activities, to challenging policy. Hege Sæbjørnsen, country sustainability manager at Ikea UK, said: “We have an opportunityto create a long-term positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people in society through sharing expertise and resources, leveraging our unique skills and scale, and more traditional fundraising.”


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