Homebase enjoys warm weather boost.
Sales at Homebase grew by 5.8% to £465m. Net new space contributed 2.0%. Like-for-like sales increased by 3.8% in the quarter.
Total sales at Argos grew by 0.9% to £937m. Net new space contributed 3.7%; five new stores opened in the quarter, taking the portfolio to 735.
Like-for-like sales declined by 2.8% in the quarter but good growth continued in consumer electronics as a whole whilst toy sales were strongly ahead.
Multi-channel sales accounted for 42% of total Argos sales; within this, online Check & Reserve grew by 45%.