By Jonathan Davies

The owner of B&Q, Kingfisher, has reported a rise in sales in the UK and France.

Kingfisher, which also owns DIY trade retailer Screwfix, said sales were up 3.5% over the 10 weeks to 11 July. UK sales were up 5.5%, compared with a 1.6% increase in the second quarter.

Sales in France were up 1.3% after a 1.2% fall in the first quarter.

"We have delivered a solid Q2 sales performance to date across all our major businesses, albeit against softer comparatives than in Q1," said chief executive Veronique Laury.

Earlier this year, Kingfisher announced plans to close 60 stores in the UK, but open 60 Screwfix stores.