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Q3 Trading Update

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Kingfisher PLC
24 November 2022

Q3 trading update to 31 October 2022


Resilient sales trends continue; Q3 total sales growth +1.7%

3-year LFL +15.3%


24 November 2022: Kingfisher plc ('Company', 'Group' or 'Kingfisher') is today providing its Q3 22/23 sales.


Key points


Unaudited Q3 22/23 sales (three months ended 31 October 2022)





% Total


% Total




% 3-year LFL




Constant currency

Constant currency

Constant currency

UK & Ireland






- B&Q






- Screwfix












- Castorama






- Brico Dépôt






Other International






- Poland






- Iberia(4)






- Romania






- Other(5)






Total Group







Thierry Garnier, Chief Executive Officer, said:


"Our sales trends continued to be resilient, with like-for-like sales 15.3% ahead of pre-pandemic levels in the quarter. This was supported by continued market share growth, including strong gains at Screwfix, TradePoint and Castorama Poland. While the market backdrop remains challenging, DIY sales continue to be supported by new industry trends such as more working from home and a clear step-up in customer investment in energy saving and efficiency. DIFM and trade activity also continues to be well supported by robust pipelines for home improvement work.


"Competitive pricing remains a priority. With our customers facing rising living costs, we are determined to make home improvement affordable and accessible - particularly through our own exclusive brands which represent 45% of our sales.


"We continue to execute our strategy at pace, and to invest for growth. Last month marked a key moment in our history with the opening of our first Screwfix store in France, with a total of four to five stores due to open this financial year and many more planned for 2023. We launched our e-commerce marketplace in Spain and Portugal, building upon the early success of B&Q's marketplace in the UK. We have also launched energy-saving tools in the UK and France, to help customers diagnose and access products and services to increase the efficiency of their homes ahead of the winter. We have seen a very positive take-up of these services so far, with B&Q, for example, taking nearly 1,000 appointment bookings within the first three days of launch.


"While we continue to be vigilant against macroeconomic uncertainty, we remain confident in both the resilience of our industry and in continuing to grow ahead of our markets."


Current trading and outlook

The fourth quarter has started well, with good trading momentum. For the three weeks to 19 November 2022(6) LFL sales were +2.8% and +16.2% on a 3-year basis. Sales remain resilient across our customer segments (DIY and DIFM/trade) and banners, with ongoing strength in energy efficiency product sales and demand from the trade segment.


Looking ahead, we remain mindful of the current backdrop of heightened macroeconomic uncertainty. We continue to focus on offering customers value at all price points, whilst also managing inflationary pressures effectively. We are confident in our diverse and resilient business model, and our priority remains consistent execution against our strategy to drive top line and market share growth. Furthermore, we remain committed to active and responsive management of our costs, and are on track with our plans to sell through a large part of the 'buffer' stock held as of 31 July 2022.


Regarding our profit guidance for this year, we anticipate FY 22/23 adjusted pre-tax profit to be in the range of c.£730m to £760m(1). This includes additional P&L investments to strengthen our Screwfix France store opening plan, additional wage support for colleagues, and slightly higher energy costs. Additional financial guidance for FY 22/23 is provided on page 4 of this announcement.


Q3 trading highlights

All commentary below is in constant currency.



Total sales +0.1% (LFL -2.3%; 3-year LFL +12.9%), with trading in Q3 adversely impacted by the abnormally warmer weather in October. Store closures across the UK in relation to Her Majesty's funeral impacted UK & Ireland LFL sales in Q3 by -0.6%.




Total sales +0.6% (LFL +0.5%; 3-year LFL +14.6%). The home improvement industry in France was adversely impacted by abnormally warmer weather in October, as well as strikes across petrol stations in France affecting customer footfall.





FY 2022/23 Technical guidance

New guidance, or significant updates to our previous guidance, are noted below in italics. Please refer to page 6 for further details regarding forward-looking statements.


Income statement:

-    Net space growth to impact total sales by c.+1.5%, largely from Screwfix and Poland

-    In line with pre-pandemic level (FY 19/20: 37.0%)

-    'Other' retail losses of c.£35m (FY 21/22: £10m) (previous guidance c.£30m, with increase driven by additional investment in Screwfix France). 'Other' consists of the consolidated results of Screwfix International, NeedHelp, and franchise agreements, recorded within the 'Other International' division

-    Retail loss of c.£5m in relation to investment in B&Q's e-commerce marketplace, recorded within the results of B&Q in the 'UK & Ireland' division

-    Broadly flat YoY (FY 21/22: £60m)

-    Decrease by c.£20m mainly as a result of lower interest expense on lease liabilities (FY 21/22: £137m)

-    Full year adjusted pre-tax profit in the range of c.£730m to £760m(1) (previously c.£770m, with trading scenarios for the balance of H2 providing a potential range of outcomes of c.£730m to £770m)

-    Group adjusted effective tax rate of c.22%(7) (FY 21/22: 22%)


Balance sheet and cash flow:


(1) Guidance assumes current exchange rates.

(2) LFL (like-for-like) sales growth represents the constant currency, year on year sales growth for stores that have been open for more than one year. Stores temporarily closed or otherwise impacted due to COVID are also included.

(3) 3-year LFL is calculated by compounding the current and prior two periods' LFL growth. For example, Q3 22/23 LFL growth of 5%, Q3 21/22 LFL growth of 4%, and Q3 20/21 LFL growth of 3%, results in 3-year LFL growth of 12.5%. Russia (sale completed on 30 September 2020) is excluded from Group and Other International 3-year LFL calculations.

(4) Brico Dépôt Spain and Portugal.

(5) 'Other' consists of the consolidated results of Screwfix International, NeedHelp, and revenue from franchise agreements.

(6) 'Q4 22/23 LFL sales (to 19 November 2022)' represents the period from 30 October 2022 to 19 November 2022 compared against the equivalent period in the prior year (i.e., 31 October 2021 to 20 November 2021). The corresponding 3-year LFL represents the period 30 October 2022 to 19 November 2022 compared against the equivalent period in FY 19/20 (i.e., 3 November 2019 to 23 November 2019). The figures are provisional and exclude certain non-cash accounting adjustments relating to revenue recognition.

(7) Subject to the blend of profit within the Group's various jurisdictions.





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Q3 trading update and data tables

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Full year 22/23 results

Our next scheduled results announcement will be our results for the year ending 31 January 2023, on 21 March 2023.


American Depository Receipts

Kingfisher American Depository Receipts are traded in the US on the OTCQX platform: (OTCQX: KGFHY)


About Kingfisher plc

Kingfisher plc is an international home improvement company with approximately 1,530 stores, supported by a team of over 80,000 colleagues. We operate in eight countries across Europe under retail banners including B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix, TradePoint and Koçtaş. We offer home improvement products and services to consumers and trade professionals who shop in our stores and via our e-commerce channels. At Kingfisher, our purpose is to help make better homes accessible for everyone.

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