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Designs of the Year finalists revealed

WPCThe Design Museum has revealed the contenders for its sixth Designs of the Year, including 12 pieces of furniture. The awards will be open to the public from tomorrow until 7 July, with the winners revealed next month.

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Samson sees UK sales decline

WGWillis & Gambier owner Samson Holding has seen UK sales drop by almost 7% and no profit. The Cayman Islands incorporated company saw UK sales drop by 6.7% to US$22.926m (£15.136) in 2012.

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£90,000 fine after cold calling 'blight'

DMDesignBedroom and kitchen retailer DM Design has been fined £90,000 after it 'blighted the public' with cold calling. The company has become the first to be fined by the Information Commissioner's Office after almost 2,000 people complained to ICO and the Telephone Preference Service.

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Retail sales bounce back in February

busystreetRetail sales rose 2.1% in February compared with January, when bad weather was blamed for keeping sales low. The Office for National Statistics said the rise was thanks to sales in computers and technology, and goods bought online.

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Weather and currency knocks Kingfisher

bandqThe B&Q owner is hit by £64m double whammy as chief executive warns it isn't going to get better. Pre-tax profits dropped by 13.3% to £691m after poor weather wiped out £25m of UK profits and the weakness of the pound cost it £39m in currency conversions in the year to 2 February.

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Retailers given POS deadline

CFOFTRetailers will have to remove current Carpet Foundation Office of Fair Trading POS and logos from 1 April, with former members being warned that continuing to display the POS could see action by trading standards officials.

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Steinhoff adds to bed brands

Dunlopillo2Steinhoff International has added to its portfolio with the acquisition of four UK bed brands. The retailing and manufacturing group has bought Myers, Slumberland, Staples and Dunlopillo.

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