B&Q sales bounce back after torrid start to year
B&Q's sales bounce back after torrid start to year. B&Q's sales have bounced back following warmer weather in the UK, but shares in its parent company fell due to its poor performance in France. Despite the company facing a "weak UK consumer backdrop", B&Q's sales rose 3.6%, while Screwfix's sales climbed by 5.5%. Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at Markets.com, said: "Unusually warm summer lifted sales at Kingfisher in the second quarter, but we still see continued weakness in France that is dragging on the group performance. "After the Beast from the East took a nasty chunk out of first-quarter sales, this is a welcome return to like-for-like growth.