Our story

Our retail brands have nearly 100 years of market heritage between them and they’re well-known and respected brands within the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Our vision is to build successful businesses that bring outstanding value and convenience to our customers, whether shopping at home or on the move.


  • 2016

    2016 Home Retail Group is acquired by Sainsbury's

  • 2016

    Homebase is sold to Australian conglomerate, Wesfarmers for £340m

  • 2011

    The iconic Habitat brand, including its transactional website and three London stores, was bought by Home Retail Group. Habitat was launched in 1964 and has constantly challenged the way we think about our living space.

  • 2006

    Home Retail Group was launched following its demerger from GUS plc. At launch, it comprised Argos, Homebase and Financial Services.

  • 2002

    Homebase, which had grown rapidly to become the UK’s second largest DIY retailer, was acquired by GUS plc.

  • 2000

    Financial Services was formed, offering a range of credit and insurance products to make it easy for customers to buy the products they want and maximise the profit from the transaction.

  • 1998

    Argos was purchased by home shopping giant, GUS plc, in April. At the time, Argos was primarily a single-channel retailer with a chain of 435 stores, selling a smaller range of general merchandise. Its core categories were jewellery, toys, electricals and housewares.

  • 1973

    The first 17 Argos stores opened on 21 July. As the UK's first catalogue retailer, Argos introduced a new concept in shopping to the high street.

  • 1964

    Sir Terence Conran opened the first Habitat store, bringing contemporary design at affordable prices to the UK.

Our management

Our management team has a wealth of expertise and experience

Latest reports

Here you can find our latest results, reports and announcements.