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    1. September 11, 2017

      French DIY website raises €60m to take on B&Q

      ManoMano, a French DIY website, has raised €60m to try to take on bricks-and-mortar DIY retailers in Germany and the...

    2. August 17, 2017

      Kingfisher restructure weighs on sales in ‘challenging’ year

      Kingfisher has reported a slide in second-quarter revenues after it was hit by disruption from a restructuring and as...

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    1. August 17, 2017

      Kingfisher: hardware, hard knocks

      Five-Year Plans, Soviet blueprints for industrial progress, were the subject of regular progress reports. So too at...

    2. FT Alphaville

      August 17, 2017

      Markets Live: Thursday, 17th August, 2017

      This Markets Live session ended at 12:03 on 17 Aug 2017. Participants in this session were: Paul Murphy and Bryce...

    3. Fast FT

      August 17, 2017

      FTSE movers: Allied Minds, Hikma & Kingfisher slump

      The UK’s FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indices are in the red this morning, slipping 0.2 per cent, following most of their...

    4. Fast FT

      August 17, 2017

      Opening Quote: Proof that generic copy is hard to churn out (from Hikma)

      Hikma, the FTSE 250 drugmaker, provides proof of the similarity between late-stage pharmaceuticals and early-morning...

    5. Fast FT

      August 17, 2017

      Sales dip for B&Q owner Kingfisher in second quarter

      Home improvement group Kingfisher reported a dip in sales in the second quarter on the back of persistent weakness in...

    6. August 8, 2017

      Retailers offer services out of reach for online rivals

      “You can’t neuter a dog on the internet,” says the chief executive of Pets at Home. “Nor can you groom a dog . . ....

    7. May 24, 2017

      M&S hopes full-price sales can put it on a surer footing

      Marks and Spencer finally appears to have worked out what not to sell. Its latest TV advert tells its customers: “No...

    8. March 22, 2017

      French DIY downturn weighs on Kingfisher results

      Falling sales at the French operations of building materials retailer Kingfisher wiped out much of the benefit from the...

    9. December 27, 2016

      Pinterest pins hopes on product advertising over holiday season

      Pinterest has doubled the number of advertising campaigns on its online scrapbook this holiday shopping season in the...

    10. November 22, 2016

      Kingfisher hit by sharper sales fall in French DIY business

      Underlying sales at Kingfisher were dragged down in the third quarter by continued poor performance at the DIY...

    11. September 20, 2016

      Kingfisher shrugs off Brexit fears but warns on outlook for France

      Strong sales in Poland and the UK helped DIY retailer Kingfisher beat expectations in its half-year results released on...

    12. Fast FT

      September 20, 2016

      Kingfisher shrugs off Brexit vote uncertainty for now as sales rise

      Nailed it. DIY retailer Kingfisher maintained some respectable sales growth and shrugged off the impact of the Brexit...

    13. beyondbrics

      August 25, 2016

      Why are Western retailers taking so long to jump online in China?

      News that Ikea is rolling out an online shopping platform in China – its first in the Asia-Pacific region – could be a...

    14. Fast FT

      August 19, 2016

      Darty CEO joins Casino after Fnac takeover

      Régis Schultz is darting from one French retailer to another. The retail boss, who had led the London-listed but...

    15. August 18, 2016

      Solid UK trade sales boost Kingfisher

      DIY retailer Kingfisher has reported a 3 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in the second quarter, driven by an...

    16. Fast FT

      August 18, 2016

      Kingfisher cautious as French sales stall

      A wave of strikes in France over the summer months in protest at unpopular labour market reforms has contributed to a...

    17. Fast FT

      July 20, 2016

      BC Partners in talks to buy Keter for $1.6bn

      The European private equity group BC Partners is set to enter exclusive talks to buy the Israeli plastic-furniture...

    18. May 24, 2016

      Screwfix chain growth boosts sales at Kingfisher

      A surge in sales of tools to tradesmen and a boost in revenue from Poland helped Kingfisher report a 3.6 per cent jump...

    19. Fast FT

      May 24, 2016

      Kingfisher sales lifted by British tradesmen

      Tradesmen in the UK and strong demand in Poland have helped DIY retailer Kingfisher to post a “solid” 3.6 per cent...

    20. April 16, 2016

      Housing worries take toll on housebuilders and DIY retailers

      Housing market worries weighed heavily on the FTSE 100 index on Friday, with shares in housebuilders and do-it-yourself...

    21. Fast FT

      March 23, 2016

      Kingfisher profits drop, but 'ambitious' plan on track

      Kingfisher has reported a drop of 20.5 per cent in full year pre-tax profit to £512m, as restructuring costs dragged...

    22. March 2, 2016

      Poundland chief executive Jim McCarthy to retire after 10 years

      Poundland’s chief executive is to retire after 10 years at the helm of the UK discount retailer following a tough six...

    23. Fast FT

      March 2, 2016

      Change at the top of Poundland after a decade

      It’s all change at the top of Poundland, as the UK discount retailer’s chief executive retires after ten years at the...

    24. January 25, 2016

      Kingfisher shares dive despite pledge to hand £600m to investors

      Shares in Kingfisher fell more than 6 per cent on Monday despite Europe’s largest DIY retail group announcing plans to...

    25. Fast FT

      January 25, 2016

      Kingfisher biggest faller on FTSE 100

      Kingfisher has sunk down to the bottom of the FTSE 100 in mid-morning trading as shareholders are clearly not too...

    26. Fast FT

      January 25, 2016

      Kingfisher sliding despite promise of £600m capital return

      Shareholders in Kingfisher, the DIY retailer behind B&Q in the UK and Castorama in France, don’t seem too impressed so...

    27. Fast FT

      January 25, 2016

      Kingfisher targets £500m annual profits boost

      Kingfisher, Europe’s biggest DIY retailer by revenue, is spending £800m on a five-year “transformation” plan that it...

    28. FT Alphaville

      January 19, 2016

      FT Opening Quote

      Unilever is looking to innovate to ride out volatile markets in 2016, Chinese GDP growth for 2o15 was its lowest since...

    29. January 6, 2016

      Sainsbury’s heart not in Homebase as part of Argos deal

      As J Sainsbury set out its reasons for wanting to buy Home Retail Group, one part of the business was notably absent....

    30. October 22, 2015

      Signs of slowdown for builders’ suppliers

      Conflicting signals from the property market on Thursday allowed creeping doubts about the strength of the UK economic...

    31. September 15, 2015

      Kingfisher: less is more

      What took them so long? The “do it yourself” market in the UK is thought to have peaked in around 2004 — about the time...

    32. September 15, 2015

      Kingfisher plans to open 200 more Screwfix stores

      Kingfisher is putting its faith in white van man, opening another 200 Screwfix stores as time-pressed homeowners fall...

    33. FT Alphaville

      July 23, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Unilever best-known brands boost growth

      Unilever shares are topping the early risers on the FTSE 100, up 2 per cent on second-quarter growth beating...

    34. July 10, 2015

      Fund manager Ben Goldsmith to float energy focused trust

      Fund manager Ben Goldsmith is stepping back from the investment group he co-founded in 2002 to float a new trust that...

    35. June 11, 2015

      Top appointments inspire, not only because of gender

      Not only because she is a woman. Two female appointments have really stood out in the last couple of weeks. One was...

    36. June 2, 2015

      Given the chance, older workers can fill the gap

      Working lives are being extended as life expectancy rises and public health improves — and employers are starting to...

    37. May 28, 2015

      ‘Do it for me’ trend underpins UK sales growth at Kingfisher

      Sales are inching ahead at Kingfisher after strong growth in its trades business offset a decline in DIY as UK and...

    38. May 24, 2015

      ‘Do it for me’ culture threatens home improvement stores

      Ever since the boom years of DIY in the 1980s, bank holidays have typically been the time when British enthusiasts...

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