Weather puts dampener on B&Q sales

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A DISMAL summer for gardeners has left its mark on B&Q after Britain’s biggest home improvement chain was forced to slash its prices on plants and ramp up marketing activity on indoor projects.

Kingfisher, which owns B&Q, said measures to overcome “unprecedented” wet weather impacted profit margins, although it was successful in returning UK and Ireland sales figures to positive territory.

Like-for-like sales were 1.1 per cent higher in the 10 weeks to July 7 but this was still lower than the City’s initial hopes after a near-12 per cent slump in the previous quarter.

Chief executive Ian Cheshire said consumer demand was affected by the weather.

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