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Category Archives: Industry Update

UK prefer showers over baths, survey finds

April 1, 2019

A new survey has found that 57% prefer showering over baths.  Three-quarters of those who prefer showers say they like them more because they’re quicker, while more than half said they...

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Credit card spending up 7.6%

October 30, 2018

UK Finance has released its latest Household Finance figures (August 2018), findings include: Credit card spending was 7.6% higher than 12 months ago, with outstanding levels on card...

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Plumbers’ Merchant Market tops £4bn

October 12, 2018

According to the latest figures, the UK Plumbers' Merchants market reached £4.2billion last year, showing a slight growth on 2016 results. AMA Research also showed that the sector is...

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Homebase confirms 42 stores to close

August 15, 2018

Homebase has confirmed that it is looking to close 42 stores, putting up to 1,500 jobs at risk.  The company is launching a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with a view to reaching an...

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Up to 60 Homebase stores to close

August 9, 2018

DIY chain Homebase is reportedly planning to shut down a large number of its stores putting at least 1,000 jobs at risk.  Anonymous sources have told the press that the chain's owner,...

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Wall and floor tile market grows by 8%

February 23, 2018

The UK floor and wall tiles market experienced a growth rate of 8% between 2014 and 2017, and is expected to grow by a further 7% up to 2021 (AMA Research). AMA reports that the...

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