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Building upturn lifts Travis Perkins

12:48 24 April 2014

File photo dated 08/08/13 of a Travis Perkins store as they have revealed a sharp hike in sales as the owner of the Wickes DIY chain and more than 600 builders

File photo dated 08/08/13 of a Travis Perkins store as they have revealed a sharp hike in sales as the owner of the Wickes DIY chain and more than 600 builders' merchant yards benefited from Britain's construction and housing market recovery. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 24, 2014. The group, which also trades as Tile Giant and Toolstation, said the positive momentum seen last year continued into the first three months of this year, with like-for-like sales up by 12.7%. See PA story CITY Travis. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Travis Perkins revealed a sharp hike in sales today as the owner of the Wickes DIY chain and more than 600 builders’ merchant yards benefited from Britain’s construction and housing market recovery.

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The group, which also trades as Tile Giant and Toolstation, said the positive momentum seen last year continued into the first three months of this year, with like-for-like sales up by 12.7pc.

The improvement, which also reflected softer comparisons with last year’s period of cold weather, was driven by a 16.6pc rise in general merchanting as Travis Perkins benefited from the building boom caused by Government schemes such as Funding for Lending and Help to Buy

Sales in its consumer division were 6.9pc higher but the company said kitchen and bathroom categories at Wickes were impacted by rival promotions.

The Northampton-based company, which operates 17 businesses from more than 1,900 sites, reported overall sales growth of 15.6pc in the quarter.

The group is the largest supplier of building and construction materials in the UK and last year joined the FTSE 100 Index for the first time. It also has a plumbing and heating arm, which grew comparable sales by 13.2pc.

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