B&Q owner Kingfisher blames 'weak' UK for sales fall

B&Q store Kingfisher is Europe's biggest home improvement retailer

B&Q owner Kingfisher has blamed the UK's "generally weak consumer backdrop" for a fall in sales at the home improvement chain.

B&Q's like-for-like sales - which strip out the impact of new stores - in the UK and Ireland fell 4% to £906m in the three months to 27 October.

The environment in Ireland had been "particularly challenging", it said.

However, B&Q's retail profit grew 1.7% to £45m, reflecting higher gross profit margins and cost efficiencies.

Overall, Kingfisher's group sales were down 3.9% to £2.7bn for the quarter, with retail profits down 5.9% to £257m.

Kingfisher is the world's third largest DIY chain, owning brands such as B&Q, Screwfix, Brico Depot and Castorama.

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