B&Q sales drop in Q3

Impacted by the discontinuation of the showroom installation service

21 Nov, 18

Parent company of B&Q and Screwfix, Kingfisher has reported a 0.7% drop in like-for-like sales in the UK to £1.3million, in the third quarter of 2018.

DIY retailer B&Q & Ireland sales fell 2.9% in like-for-likes sales to £850million, with a 1.5% impact from the discontinuation of its showroom installation service.

B&Q sales drop in Q3

B&Q closed its Homefit Service in June, affecting up to 700 jobs, as it stated 90% of its customers use their own kitchen fitter.

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It saw the restructure of the business which recruited 800 staff for kitchen and bathroom showrooms to focus on design and ordering.

Kingfisher reported Screwfix sales fared better  up 10.6%, with like-for-like sales of 4.1%,  to £442million, having opened nine outlets during the period.

The group stated it would be pulling out of Russia, Spain and Portugal to concentrate on its main markets “where we have, or can reach a market-leading position.”

Chief executive officer of Kingfisher Veronique Laury commented: “We continue to make progress on our One Kingfisher transformation.

“We remain on track to achieve our key strategic milestones for the third year in a row and increased our gross margin in the quarter.”

She continued: “Transformation on this scale is tough, and we are operating in a difficult retail environment.We face challenges and we are addressing them.

Laury added: “We are committed to our plan to building a strong business for the long-term.

“As part of this commitment, we have taken the decision to exit Russia, Spain and Portugal.

“This will allows us to apply our strategy with more focus and efficiency in our main markets where we have, or can reach, a market-leading position and create good homes by making home improvement accessible to everyone.”