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KPMG has sold eight Apollo 2000 electrical branches in the West Midlands and Lancashire out of administration to East Anglia-based Hughes Electrical, and about 12 jobs will be created in each store.
BrightHouse is planning to open 15 electrical stores in the Manchester area over the next few years, with the creation of about 100 jobs, and believes there is potential to expand the nationwide chain from 177 to 600.
Buy As You View has secured a £6m cash injection to fund the expansion of its electrical goods and furniture retailing business, and its head office will relocate from Llantrisant to Bridgend this year.
Homebuy, the electrical products supplier with 400 staff in Walsall, Manchester, Chester-le-Street, Belfast, Dundee, Glasgow, Rotherham, Sevenoaks and Wigan, has undergone a £22m management buy-out.
Meteor Electrical is to create 100 new jobs at its Cookstown-based electrical wholesaling business over the next 18 months, with vacancies in warehouse management, distribution and telesales.
Dixons is planning to create more than 1,000 jobs in its electrical retailing business over the next year, which will benefit its Hemel Hempstead head office, call centres in Nottingham and Sheffield and its logistics division.
Kingfisher is to invest £60m in its internet retailing operations this year, and has also announced the formation of five e-commerce business units - electrical, DIY, health, home and investments in other internet businesses.
Just Rentals, the South Wales electrical retailer, is changing its name to Buy As You View, and is planning to open stores across the country starting with an outlet in Sunderland next month.
Kingfisher is to increase its stake in BUT, the French electrical retailer, from 26% to about 62% at a cost of £103m, and will combine the business with its pan-European Kingfisher Electrical Retailing division.
Argos has issued a profits warning due to poor sales of toys, jewellery and electrical goods, while it has also announced plans to cut 100 head office jobs, close a warehouse in Welwyn Garden City, create a new distribution centre in Lancashire, and pilot a home shopping service.
Comet, the electrical retailer, is acquiring Norweb's electricity showrooms for £29m, and is expected to withdraw from about 57 high-street shops in order to avoid conflict with its existing stores.