StockMarketWire.com - Kingfisher's like-for-like sales fell by 0.5% in the third quarter after they followed a similar course to the first half.

The group saw strong growth at Screwfix and Poland offset by continued weak sales in France, alongside some business disruption from its ONE Kingfisher plan, principally reflecting product availability and clearance.

The group said it continued to act on the causes of this disruption, which it was confident would ease.

In the UK & Ireland total sales were up 2.5%. LFL sales were up 1.5% reflecting continued strong Screwfix performance and modest price inflation

- B&Q UK & Ireland sales were down 2.9% (LFL -1.9%) reflecting annualisation of completed store closure programme. LFL of seasonal -7.1% reflecting a strong comparative (Q3 16/17: +5.3%). LFL of non-seasonal, including showroom -0.6%

- Screwfix sales +16.6%. LFL +10.2% driven by its leading digital capability, new and extended specialist ranges and new outlets

Chief executive Veronique Laury said: 'We remain on track to deliver our full year strategic milestones, for the second year in a row.

'With plans in place to support our overall performance, we remain comfortable with full year profit expectations.

'We remain confident in our ability to deliver our long-term plan and in the financial and customer benefits it will generate.

'Early customer reaction to our new ranges continues to be encouraging.

'We recognise that the transformation plan involves a lot of change for our colleagues and appreciate their continued hard work and expertise.'

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