Weather takes it toll on B&Q as icy conditions lead to drop in footfall
Sales at B&Q were pummelled by the 'Beast from the East' in the first quarter as the DIY chain was forced to close stores in the face of extreme weather.
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Figures from parent company Kingfisher show like-for-like sales in the three months to April 30 dropped 9%.
Total sales at B&Q in the period also fell by 8.8% to £828m.
The freezing weather hit footfall and sales in weather-related categories, and some outlets were forced to shut.
Kingfisher boss Veronique Laury also pointed to weak consumer demand as denting the firm's performance.
"It was a challenging start to the year, with exceptionally harsh weather across Europe and weak UK consumer demand," she said.
"This impacted footfall, especially sales of weather-related categories. February and March were particularly affected, with sales improving over the course of April and into May.
"Market conditions continue to be mixed. The UK is uncertain."