By the turn of the millennium Kingfisher took the decision to focus exclusively on its home improvement businesses, which were seen as having greater potential and more scope for international expansion. To this end, Woolworths was demerged in 2001 and Superdrug was sold in the same year. In 2002 the remaining stake in Castorama was acquired to create the largest home improvement retailer in Europe.
During the following decade Kingfisher continued its international expansion in Europe and Asia, with the creation of new businesses in Turkey, Russia and Spain, and the development of its businesses in the UK, France and Poland.
In 2008 a new management team set out its vision to operate the various home improvement businesses much more as a single, unified retail group. The ‘Delivering Value’ plan was launched to better leverage our key international strengths including sourcing and innovation and to drive greater value for our shareholders.