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Interim results for the 26 weeks ended 31 July 2010


16 September 2010


Notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements (UNAUDITED)

for the 26 weeks ended 31 July 2010

2. Basis of preparation

The interim financial report for the 26 weeks ended 31 July 2010 ('the half year') has been prepared in accordance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules of the Financial Services Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union. It should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 January 2010, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The consolidated income statement and related notes represent results for continuing operations, there being no discontinued operations in the periods presented. Where comparatives are given, '2009/10' refers to the prior half year.

There have been no changes in estimates of amounts reported in prior periods that have had a material effect in the current period.

The Directors of Kingfisher plc, having made appropriate enquiries, consider that adequate resources exist for the Group to continue in operational existence for the foreseeable future and that, therefore, it is appropriate to adopt the going concern basis in preparing the condensed consolidated financial statements for the half year ended 31 July 2010.

Principal rates of exchange against Sterling

  Half year ended
31 July 2010
Half year ended
1 August 2009
Year ended
30 January 2010
Period end
Period end
Year end
Euro 1.16 1.20 1.12 1.17 1.13 1.15
US Dollar 1.51 1.56 1.46 1.64 1.58 1.61
Polish Zloty 4.64 4.79 5.09 4.89 4.86 4.69
Chinese Renminbi 10.31 10.58 9.96 11.19 10.79 11.01

Use of non-GAAP measures

Kingfisher believes that retail profit, adjusted pre-tax profit, effective tax rate, adjusted post-tax profit and adjusted earnings per share provide additional useful information on underlying trends to shareholders. These and other non-GAAP measures such as net debt are used by Kingfisher for internal performance analysis and incentive compensation arrangements for employees. The terms 'retail profit', 'exceptional items', 'adjusted', 'effective tax rate' and 'net debt' are not defined terms under IFRS and may therefore not be comparable with similarly titled measures reported by other companies. They are not intended to be a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP measures.

Retail profit is defined as continuing operating profit before central costs (principally the costs of the Group's head office), exceptional items, amortisation of acquisition intangibles and the Groupís share of interest and tax of joint ventures and associates.

The separate reporting of non-recurring exceptional items, which are presented as exceptional within their relevant income statement category, helps provide an indication of the Group's underlying business performance. The principal items which are included as exceptional items are:

  • non trading items included in operating profit such as profits and losses on the disposal, closure or impairment of subsidiaries, joint ventures, associates and investments which do not form part of the Group's trading activities;
  • profits and losses on the disposal of properties; and
  • the costs of significant restructuring and incremental acquisition integration costs.

The term 'adjusted' refers to the relevant measure being reported for continuing operations excluding exceptional items, financing fair value remeasurements, amortisation of acquisition intangibles, related tax items and prior year tax items. Financing fair value remeasurements represent changes in the fair value of financing derivatives, excluding interest accruals, offset by fair value adjustments to the carrying amount of borrowings and other hedged items under fair value hedge relationships. Financing derivatives are those that relate to underlying items of a financing nature.

The effective tax rate represents the effective income tax expense as a percentage of continuing profit before taxation excluding exceptional items. Effective income tax expense is the continuing income tax expense excluding tax on exceptional items and tax adjustments in respect of prior years and changes in tax rates.

Net debt (or net cash) comprises borrowings and financing derivatives (excluding accrued interest), less cash and cash equivalents and current other investments.