Intergamma’s issues with CRH’s shares still have not been resolved and it seems the dispute with French shareholder Bricorama has now boiled over. The latter even wants the Chamber of Commerce to intervene.
In its past fiscal year, German DIY chain Hornbach has raised its consolidated turnover by 5 %, partially thanks to a good performance in the Netherlands: its Dutch turnover growth even reached a double-digit growth.
Home Depot, America's largest DIY chain, has just published quarterly results that were better than expected, thanks to the recovering housing market and the unusual warm weather for the time of the year.
Kingfisher's third quarter of 2015 was not as well as it had hoped, with a 6 % profit drop. The DIY company, which owns chains like B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and Brico Dépôt, did perform well in Great Britain however.
Several months after its engagement to Kingfisher was annulled, another interested party has wooed French DIY chain Mr. Bricolage. This time, the admirer is the much smaller Bricorama, but Mr. Bricolage is not interested.
While Kingfisher is in the process of closing down 15 % of its B&Q stores, it has announced it will open 200 Screwfix stores. The transition fits the current trend of stepping away from "do it yourself" and moving towards "get it done", as Screwfix mostly focuses on professionals.