One of the leading retailers in the United Kingdom (UK), coming right after the country’s biggest grocery retailers, is in the DIY and home improvement sector: Kingfisher plc. The company owns two of the UK’s most popular DIY retail stores, B&Q and Screwfix. While B&Q focuses more on home improvement, gardening, and home furnishing products, Screwfix is a retailer of hardware tools and building material. The UK's DIY and home improvement retail landscape is in fact host to many more DIY and home improvement chains. Homebase, Argos and B&M are among some of the household names, to name but a few.
One very topical development in DIY retail is the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the following lockdown and social restriction measures governments took around the world. In the United Kingdom, in the first half of March 2020, online sales of building materials, paints and plants grew to record levels, leading to a year-on-year growth rate of up to 48 percent. The impact of store closures and limited social contact on online DIY sales was even more visible between April and June of 2020. During that period, online revenues of home and leisure retailers, including pet care, home and garden reached growth rates of up to 200 percent year-on-year.
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