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One merchant industry – or two?

Guest Blogger - Chris Pateman

June 2012: the industry is still bumping along the bottom, but everybody feels it's high time we got together, merchants and suppliers, and talked with one another about what the recovery's looking like and what happens next. June 2012 is your long-awaited date, ladies and gentlemen, for the next Merchant Industry National Conference.

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What next for Wolseley?

Fiona Russell-Horne

So the bloodbath continues. Last Saturday's Guardian business pages featured a very interesting little series of graphs, showing just how far major shares had fallen in the past few months. They included some of our old favourites: Persimmon, Barratt, Kier, Taylor Wimpey and, of course, Wolseley. For all of these companies have seen upwards of…

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Strike it right?

Fiona Russell-Horne

The papers and TV screens may be full of happy, cheerful children, making the most of the school closures by speeding down snow covered hills on make-shift toboggans but they also showed something slightly darker and a little more worrying.

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Government ‘woefully short of target’

Fiona Russell-Horne

This week's winner of the 'stuff that's so obvious it hurts' award is the news story from that redoubtable organisation the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that the Government is unlikely to reach its own target of three million homes by 2020.

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