Weather is slump cause

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RAIN is being blamed for a slump in B&Q’s quarterly sales.

The DIY giant’s owner, Kingfisher, says l ike-for-like sales were down 12 per cent at B&Q in the UK and Republic of Ireland in the 13 weeks to 28 April, compared with a year earlier.

B&Q has large outlets in Bedhampton and Fratton.

Kingfisher said April’s rain worsened already tough trading conditions.