Glenn Murray celebrates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace as Manchester City’s Joe Hart appeals for offside recently. Photograph: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

We are approaching, as Alex Ferguson once charmingly described it, the nerve wracking “squeaky bum time” of the English football season. Half the Iris(...)

Gavin Stark: bullish mood

Gavin Slark, the drum-bashing chief executive of building materials supplier Grafton Group, was in bullish mood after presenting stellar annual result(...)

Grafton says that growth in retail spending, including DIY, is likely to be modest as households continue to gradually reduce high levels of debt.

Builders’ merchant and DIY group Grafton has reported profit before tax that was up 56 per cent to £101.2 million (€141 million) for the year ended De(...)

Grafton’s retailing division, which includes Woodie’s, reported a modest recovery in core retail sales in Ireland as household finances continue to be under pressure

DIY and building group Grafton has posted a 9.5 per cent increase in revenue to £2.08 billion (€2.64 billion) for 2014, compared to £1.90 billion (€2.(...)

Gavin Slark, chief executive officer Grafton  said that the group’s Irish merchanting business is showing “a marked improvement from a very low base”. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Revenues at builders merchanting and DIY group Grafton advanced by 10.1 per cent to £1.8 billion in the first ten months of the year, supported by inc(...)

Gavin Slark: “I left school not knowing what I wanted to do, and probably thought I could make it as a drummer.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gavin Slark, the sturdy chief executive of the Grafton building materials group, strides into a meeting room at its south Dublin headquarters. With(...)

Builders merchanting and DIY group Grafton has reported a strong performance in the first half of the year with revenue rising 11 per cent to £1.01 billion. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Builders merchanting and DIY group Grafton has reported a strong performance in the first half of the year, with revenue, profit and earnings per shar(...)

Grafton’s DIY retailing business in Ireland benefitted from the early stages of a recovery in construction from “historically low levels of activity”, the group said

Builders merchanting and DIY group Grafton has reported favourable trading conditions for the first half of the year on the back of a steady recovery (...)

Builders’ merchant group Grafton, owner of the Woodies (above) and Atlantic Homecare chains, said it is seeing “absolute” sales growth in the Republic.

Recovery in the construction industry will continue to be slow and gradual, according to Gavin Slark, chief executive of Grafton, the builders’ mercha(...)

Grafton, which owns the Woodie’s DIY retail chain, yesterday reported a 27 per cent increase in its underlying operating profits to £77.2 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Grafton, the building materials group, is lining up £30 million worth of its Irish property portfolio for sa(...)