May 28, 2015 / 6:12 AM / 3 years ago

BRIEF-Kingfisher posts Q1 profit rise

May 28 (Reuters) - Kingfisher Plc

* France . Total sales up 0.4% (-1.2% lfl) reflecting a soft market

* Uk & ireland . Total sales up 3.1% (+1.6% lfl) against strong comparatives

* b&q uk & ireland’s sales down 1.5% (-1.1% lfl;

* Screwfix sales up 26.8% (+15.4% lfl)

* Other international . Total sales up 7.5% (+3.8% lfl)

* Q1 sales of £2.6 billion, +0.8% lfl

* Reported retail profit of £150m impacted by £10m adverse foreign exchange movements

* Castorama sales down 0.6% (-0.6% lfl).

* Brico dépôt sales up 1.6% (-1.9% lfl)

* Uk gross margins up 90 basis points Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting By Neil Maidment)

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