Castorama sales grew 4.1% (+3.1% LFL), supported by the introduction of new products, its store modernisation programme and favourable weather. Brico Dépôt sales were up 3.7% (+1.9% LFL) benefitting from an up-weighted programme of range refreshment and new and more frequent product catalogues emphasising their value credentials. Gross margins in France continued to benefit from fewer promotions year on year, increased direct sourcing and buying optimisation benefits.
UK & Ireland
B&Q total sales were down 3.5% (-4.3% LFL) although with a higher gross margin percentage achieved on those sales, B&Q’s gross profit* was ahead. Sales of seasonal categories were flat and showroom (kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms) and building categories were down, reflecting fewer promotions and weak consumer appetite for bigger ticket purchases. Sales were also impacted, as anticipated, by the roll out of ‘TradePoint’ into B&Q’s large format stores (now in 89 stores). The gross margin percentage was up strongly compared to Q1 2010/11 and the prior year, continuing to benefit from more targeted promotions, shrinkage reduction and more direct sourcing. Screwfix sales declined by 3.6%.
*Sales multiplied by gross margin percentage
Sales in Other International markets grew 1.6% (+0.8% LFL). Sales in Poland were down 1.1% (-4.2% LFL) in a weaker market. However, seasonal categories were up around 8% across the period benefitting from favourable weather later in the period and a good response to the new garden catalogue. B&Q China sales declined 17.1% reflecting the lower number of stores but sales in the remaining stores were up 8.2% on an LFL basis. Losses are expected to have reduced significantly as planned in Q2, reflecting the turnaround initiatives and higher housing activity in most regions.
The financial information contained in this announcement has not been audited. Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any expected future results in forward-looking statements.
The key components of the seven step programme to delivering a step-change in shareholder value are as follows:
- Driving up B&Q UK & Ireland's profit
- Exploiting our UK Trade opportunity
- Expanding our total French business
- Rolling out in Eastern Europe
- Turning around B&Q China
- Growing Group sourcing
- Reducing working capital
Full details on progress will be given with the interim results announcement for the six months to 31 July 2010 on 16 September 2010.
Ian Harding, Group Communications Director
020 7644 1029
Nigel Cope, Head of Communications
020 7644 1030
Sarah Gerrand, Head of Investor Relations
020 7644 1032
Further copies of this announcement can be downloaded from www.kingfisher.com or by application to: The Company Secretary, Kingfisher plc, 3 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6PX.
Kingfisher plc is Europe’s leading home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world, with around 840 stores in eight countries in Europe and Asia. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Kingfisher also has a 50% joint venture business in Turkey with the Koç Group, and a 21% interest in, and strategic alliance with Hornbach, Germany’s leading large format DIY retailer.