- Builders' merchant Travis Perkins said its soon-to-be-separated Wickes DIY chain had boosted its annual sales by 7.7%.

Sales on a like-for-like basis for the year through December had risen 8.7%, including a 4.5% rise in the fourth quarter.

Chief executive David Wood said the planned demerger and separate listing of Wickes remained on track for the second quarter of 2020.

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