HI News V3 No. 6: New HBT team steps up
Bathroom category ripe for disruption
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Glynde in South Australia says "no" to Bunnings but its website is the most visited local site
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This issue of HI News is mainly about Hardware & Building Traders (HBT) and its 20th anniversary gathering, held recently in Sydney. It is indirectly dedicated to Tim Starkey, its leader for many of those 20 years, and whose loss is still deeply felt.

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HI News V3 No. 6: New HBT team steps up

We also take a look at the bathroom category and its emerging trends: ageing in place, polarisation in the market and "design dissonance".

Bunnings is placing more of its stores on the market, both here and in New Zealand. Its website is the most visited Australian site.

Building material companies, CSR, Adelaide Brighton and James Hardie report on their quarterly results.

In other news, latest data seems to indicate that an increasing number of shoppers are using Amazon to buy home improvement products.

On the international retail front, Lowe's is seriously getting into the maintenance and repair market, and Home Depot is building brick-and-mortar stores again at a slower rate. Ace Hardware delivers a solid first quarter result despite a slight dip in same-store sales.

European big box retailer, Kingfisher has see also seen its like-for-like sales slow down in its first quarter.

Innovative products from the HBT show are included in this issue along with Fiskars PowerGear[tm] garden tool range and the on-trend Reflekta round mirror.
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