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UK economy to avoid triple dip recession

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Organic growth beginning to return, says CBI chief. 'We are beginning to see the return of organic growth, with clear signs that firms offering the right products into the right markets are growing sales and expanding,' says John Cridland, CBI director general.

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Retailer gives up store for home visits

GDFGD Furnishing to close store after 24 years but continue operating. Chesterfield retailer GD Furnishing is to close its town centre store after 24 years with owner Glynn Dale switching to a home visit model.

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Graboplast plans €19m Hungarian vinyl flooring plant

graboplastLeading Hungarian flooring manufacturer Graboplast says it is ready to start production at their new €19m PVC flooring plant in Tatabánya in the spring of 2014.Construction of the facility (which is 4,500m²) is scheduled to begin in the last half of this year, Graboplast’s chairman and CEO Peter Jancso, is quoted as telling the Hungarian MTI news agency.

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Chance to ask the experts

FIRA2FIRA is to hold an open day to explain its services and expertise. FIRA is to host an open day at its headquarters in Stevenage on 21 February when visitors can explore the company, ask questions, tour the renowned test facilities and listen first hand to FIRA's extensive service solutions.

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Buy it Direct acquires online retailer Furniture 123

Furniture123The online retailer Buy It Direct has bought one of the UK’s largest web-based furniture business, Furniture 123 for an undisclosed sum. The Deighton-based company, sells products ranging from TVs, laptops and cameras to kitchen appliances and pushchairs.

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Barker and Stonehouse invests £4m in growth

Barker-and-Stonehouse-Knaresborough-new-storeBarker and Stonehouse, a Middlesborough-based furniture retailer has opened a new £4m store in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. It is the most recent move for the retailer, which began life in Stockton in 1946.

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Footfall drops in January

feet-footfall-crowd8495086 0Footfall in January was 4.6% lower than a year ago, a poorer performance than the 1.2% fall in December. This is the weakest footfall figure since April 2012 when shopper numbers declined by 6.9%.

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