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Kingfisher is planning to invest £800m in the transformation of its DIY home improvement retail operation over the next five years.
26-Jan-2016


Kingfisher, the DIY retailer, is to open a 17,000 sq ft projects office at 14 Cornhill in London.
06-May-2014


Kingfisher is considering plans to set up a nationwide chain of DIY Express stores, depending on the success of two 6,000 sq ft trial outlets in Hayes and Shepton Mallet.
30-Apr-2012


Kingfisher is planning to open 40 new stores and create 1,000 jobs at its Screwfix trade tools business, while 200 new jobs will be created in its recently-acquired Focus DIY stores.
15-Sep-2011


Kingfisher has bought 31 DIY stores from the administrators of Focus for £23m, and will convert them to its B&Q format this year.
09-May-2011


Kingfisher is said to be in negotiations to set up a 796,000 sq ft B&Q distribution centre at Gazeley's G Park in Swindon.
07-Jun-2010


Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q chain of DIY stores, is considering plans to relocate its tax base to a lower-cost country such as Ireland or Luxembourg.
22-Sep-2008


Kingfisher is planning to expand its chain of four Trade Depot DIY stores to nine over the next 15 months.
04-Dec-2006


Kingfisher is planning to expand its chain of 30 Screwfix Direct outlets to 100 by next year, having appointed Colliers CRE to find suitable sites.
23-Oct-2006


Kingfisher is planning to refurbish 110 B&Q Warehouse stores over the next three years, at a cost of up to £200m.
24-Jul-2006


Kingfisher is planning to open 15 more Screwfix Direct trade counters over the next year, to add to the existing 19.
03-Jul-2006


Kingfisher is planning to open 50 Trade Depot building products stores over the next five years, with the creation of 1,300 jobs.
30-Jan-2006


Kingfisher is planning to open 15 Screwfix Direct and five Trade Depot stores next year, in order to target small general builders and contractors.
24-Oct-2005


Kingfisher is to scale down the development of B&Q superstores due to rising rents, and will instead favour "mini-warehouses".
30-May-2005


Kingfisher is to open five B&Q Warehouse branches this year, while its smaller chain of Mini-Warehouses will be expanded with 22 more conversions and ten new sites.
21-Mar-2005


Kingfisher is planning to open more than 100 Castorama warehouse stores in Poland over the next five years.
04-Oct-2004


Kingfisher is to reorganise its Screwfix Direct tools business, including the development of a new head office in Yeovil, the opening of a new distribution depot in Stoke-on-Trent and the closure of a depot in Leicester.
02-Feb-2004


Kingfisher has announced plans to launch a chain of 50 mini-warehouse stores under its B&Q brand, with the creation of 1,500 jobs.
04-Nov-2003


Kingfisher has sold Nomi, the Polish DIY retailer with 39 stores, to Enterprise Investors for £7m.
16-Sep-2003


Kingfisher is planning to expand its global network of DIY sourcing offices over the next few years, in order to improve the management of its B&Q supply chain.
15-Sep-2003


Kingfisher has sold Dubois Materiaux, its French builders merchant subsidiary, to Saint-Gobain for £69m.
14-Jul-2003


Kingfisher is to sell Reno-Depot, its Canadian chain of 20 home improvement stores, to RONA for £155m.
24-Apr-2003


Kingfisher has agreed to sell ProMarkt, the German electrical retailer, back to its founders for a nominal sum.
20-Jan-2003


Kingfisher is planning to open 77 Comet electrical megastores over the next five years, with many replacing existing smaller sites.
02-Dec-2002


Kingfisher is planning to relocate its head office to a 54,000 sq ft building at Paddington Central development in London.
11-Mar-2002


Kingfisher is to sell Time Retail Finance, its Leeds-based financial services operation, to GE Capital for £149m, as part of a strategy to focus on DIY and electrical retailing.
29-Jan-2002


Kingfisher has announced plans to open 70 Comet electrical stores over the next five years, with the creation of 3,000 jobs.
17-Jan-2002


Kingfisher is to sell its Superdrug health and beauty stores to Kruidvat of the Netherlands for £310m.
04-Jul-2001


Kingfisher has announced plans to build a Big W superstore on a site near Corporation Bridge in Grimsby, as part of a £25m retail development that will create almost 300 jobs.
03-May-2001


Kingfisher is considering plans to develop a Big W superstore in Coatbridge, and is also looking at potential sites in Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.
30-Apr-2001


Kingfisher is recruiting up to 250 staff in Derby in preparation for the opening of two Woolworths stores at sites in the Eagle Centre and Normanton Road.
14-Mar-2001


Kingfisher is planning to open 15 Comet electrical stores a year, and will gradually sell off its smaller stores to concentrate on 220 "destination" stores.
12-Mar-2001


Kingfisher is planning to open 25 B&Q Warehouse stores in 2001 with the creation of more than 4,000 jobs.
02-Jan-2001


Kingfisher has announced plans to open 58 B&Q stores in China over the next five years at a cost of £300m, as part of a strategy to create the first global DIY business.
11-Dec-2000


Kingfisher is seeking permission to build a Big W store in east Hull, as part of a £20m development that will create up to 400 jobs.
23-Nov-2000


Kingfisher has bought an 85% stake in Streets Online, the internet-based music retailer, for £16m.
01-Nov-2000


Kingfisher is to take over the C&A store in Doncaster in order to open a new Superdrug outlet.
27-Sep-2000


Kingfisher is to demerge Woolworths and Superdrug from the B&Q and Comet chains next spring, in order to facilitate international expansion for its DIY and electrical businesses.
14-Sep-2000


Kingfisher has agreed to take six former C&A stores to set up new Woolworths outlets.
01-Sep-2000


Kingfisher is to set up a 30,000 sq ft Comet electrical store at the Anglia Park development in Ipswich, which is due to open later this year.
24-Aug-2000


Kingfisher is to open a £7m Big W superstore at the Victoria shopping centre in Bradford in November, with the creation of 200 jobs.
03-Aug-2000


Kingfisher is planning to build a 65,000 sq ft Big W superstore in Newark, with the creation of more than 230 jobs.
16-Jun-2000


Kingfisher is to invest £55m in its electronic retailing activities this year, and is also interested in making further acquisitions to boost its e-commerce presence.
14-Jun-2000


Kingfisher is to open a 230,000 sq ft distribution warehouse for its Screwfix DIY mail order business at Braunstone in Leicestershire next month, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
05-Apr-2000


Kingfisher is to invest £60m in its internet retailing operations this year, and has also announced the formation of five e-commerce business units - electrical, DIY, health, home and investments in other internet businesses.
23-Mar-2000


Kingfisher is planning to open 300 Woolworths convenience stores over the next four years.
22-Mar-2000


Kingfisher is planning to set up a B&Q store on two floors in Sutton, and the concept could be rolled out to other areas where land supply is short.
28-Feb-2000


Kingfisher is in merger discussions with Metro of Germany, which could lead to the creation of a pan-European retailing group.
21-Jan-2000


Kingfisher is planning to open 15 more B&Q Warehouse DIY stores this year with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs, and about 200 new jobs will be created at its Screwfix mail order business.
04-Jan-2000


Kingfisher is to invest £1.5m in the development of a national call centre in Hull for its Comet electrical retailing business, creating up to 300 jobs.
18-Nov-1999


Kingfisher is acquiring Hugo Van Praag, the Belgian electrical retailer, for up to £20m.
11-Nov-1999


Kingfisher has confirmed plans to open up to 10 Big W discount stores, with the creation of more than 2,000 jobs.
27-Oct-1999


Kingfisher is to open a Big W superstore in Coventry in October with the creation of 250 jobs.
30-Sep-1999


Kingfisher has confirmed the acquisition of Screwfix, the mail-order and internet DIY business, for about £75m.
28-Jul-1999


Kingfisher is acquiring Dickens, the North East DIY group, for about £27m, and will convert at least four of the five outlets to the B&Q format.
23-Apr-1999


Kingfisher is planning to open 103 new stores with the creation of 4,800 jobs, and has also announced a strategy to develop its business in continental Europe.
18-Mar-1999


Kingfisher has acquired Electrical City, the Singapore electrical retail chain, for undisclosed terms, and will use it as a base to expand further into south-east Asia.
30-Oct-1998


Kingfisher is to merge its B&Q business with Castorama of France to create Europe's largest DIY retailing group and allow major cost savings.
26-Sep-1998


Kingfisher is to acquire Polish Life Improvement, Poland's largest DIY retailer, for about £16m, its first move into eastern Europe.
09-Sep-1998


Kingfisher is to increase its stake in BUT, the French electrical retailer, from 26% to about 62% at a cost of £103m, and will combine the business with its pan-European Kingfisher Electrical Retailing division.
24-Jun-1998


Kingfisher is buying 60% stakes in two German electrical retailers - Wegert Verwaltungs and Promarkt Holding - for £49m, as part of a strategy to create a global retailing business.
06-May-1998


Kingfisher has acquired F-Beat Records, the owner of the Demon Records music company, for about £2m.
07-Apr-1998


Kingfisher is acquiring BCC Holding Amstelveen, the Dutch electrical retailer with 17 stores, for £34m.
21-May-1997


Kingfisher, the retail group, has sold its 50% stake in the Staples office supplies superstores to Staples, its US partner, for £23.5m.
12-Dec-1996