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Travis Perkins buys Focus DIY stores

The owner of Wickes has bought 13 stores from the administrators of the stricken chain Focus DIY in a deal worth £8.4m. Travis Perkins said the sites will be converted to the Wickes format by the end of 2011, bringing the number of outlets in the chain to 216.

Travis sees higher revenues

The builders' merchant and DIY retailer Travis Perkins posted a 5.9 per cent rise in revenues for the first four months of the year yesterday as it drew steam from market share gains.

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The owner of B&Q bought 31 stores from stricken chain Focus DIY for £23 million today after the company fell into administration.

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The private equity owner of Focus is sounding out other retailers about acquiring some of the DIY chain's shops, as it seeks an injection of funds to roll out its new store format.

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Cost controls lift profits at Kingfisher

Cost cuts and sparing use of promotions helped B&Q's owner, Kingfisher, weather a 3 per cent fall in UK sales in the six months to 31 July. Profits in the UK and Ireland, where the DIY business has 330 stores, rose 15 per cent to £158m, while its Castorama and Brico Depot chains in France saw profits climb 14 per cent to £160m.

Sutherland emerges as heir-apparent at Kingfisher after reshuffle of top team

Kingfisher, the owner of the DIY chain B&Q, has anointed Euan Sutherland as a potential successor to its chief executive, Ian Cheshire, as part of a wider reshuffle of its top team's responsibilities.

B&Q thinks small as it aims for big World Cup boost

Kingfisher, the owner of the DIY chain B&Q, hopes to score during the World Cup with garden gnomes dressed in England football kits and wheelbarrows featuring the cross of St George.

Write a DIY will and you could leave your family in the lurch

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Boss of struggling DIY chain Focus pocketed £900,000 last year

Bill Grimsey, the chief executive of Focus, received total pay of nearly £900,000 last year as the DIY retailer was fighting for survival, although his remuneration was boosted by hefty back payments.

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