Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Kingfisher said Dickens had net assets of pounds 27m. Dickens' stores in Newcastle, Washington, Darlington and Shiremoor, which have a total of 40,000 square metres of retailing space, are to be converted to its B&Q Warehouse format, Kingfisher added.
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Kingfisher has bought Dickens, a home and garden retail chain based in the North-east, through its French-based DIY subsidiary Castorama.