Kingfisher, the DIY retailer, is to open a 17,000 sq ft projects office at 14 Cornhill in London.
Kingfisher is looking to downsize more B&Q stores, in order to reduce its selling space by 15%.
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.
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.
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.
Kingfisher has sold its Castorama DIY business in Italy to Leroy Merlin of France for £545m.
Kingfisher is to close its chain of nine Trade Depot building supplies stores, in order to focus on B&Q and Screwfix.
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.
Kingfisher has raised £73m from the sale and leaseback of its B&Q distribution centres in Nottinghamshire, and the proceeds will be invested in its store opening programme.
Kingfisher is planning to expand its chain of four Trade Depot DIY stores to nine over the next 15 months.
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.
Kingfisher is planning to refurbish 110 B&Q Warehouse stores over the next three years, at a cost of up to £200m.
Kingfisher is planning to open 15 more Screwfix Direct trade counters over the next year, to add to the existing 19.
Kingfisher is planning to open 50 Trade Depot building products stores over the next five years, with the creation of 1,300 jobs.
Kingfisher is planning to open 15 Screwfix Direct and five Trade Depot stores next year, in order to target small general builders and contractors.
Kingfisher is to scale down the development of B&Q superstores due to rising rents, and will instead favour "mini-warehouses".
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.
Kingfisher is planning to open more than 100 Castorama warehouse stores in Poland over the next five years.
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.
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.
Kingfisher has sold Nomi, the Polish DIY retailer with 39 stores, to Enterprise Investors for £7m.
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.
Kingfisher has sold Dubois Materiaux, its French builders merchant subsidiary, to Saint-Gobain for £69m.
Kingfisher is to sell Reno-Depot, its Canadian chain of 20 home improvement stores, to RONA for £155m.
Kingfisher is to sell a portfolio of 15 retail parks and five development sites to a consortium led by Pillar Property and Capital & Regional for £695m.
Kingfisher has agreed to sell ProMarkt, the German electrical retailer, back to its founders for a nominal sum.
Kingfisher is planning to open 77 Comet electrical megastores over the next five years, with many replacing existing smaller sites.
Kingfisher is looking to sell 15 retail parks and five development sites held by its Chartwell Land property division for about £500m, as part of a strategy to focus on DIY retailing.
Kingfisher has paid £36m to increase its stake in German DIY retailer Hornbach to 21%.
Kingfisher is to raise £2bn in a rights issue to fund the £3.3bn acquisition of a 45% stake in French DIY retailer Castorama, and the balance will be funded by a new debt facility.
Kingfisher has announced plans to spin off its electrical retailing business and spend £3.2bn buying the remaining 45% of Castorama, as part of a strategy to focus on DIY.
Kingfisher is planning to relocate its head office to a 54,000 sq ft building at Paddington Central development in London.
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.
Kingfisher has announced plans to open 70 Comet electrical stores over the next five years, with the creation of 3,000 jobs.
Kingfisher is to acquire a 12.5% stake in Hornbach, the German DIY retailer, for an estimated £70m.
Kingfisher has sold a portfolio of 182 Woolworths and Superdrug properties to a joint venture between London & Regional Properties and Goldman Sachs' Whitehall Fund for £614m.
Kingfisher is linking up with Hornbach of Germany to acquire an undisclosed stake in Dekor, the US DIY retailer.
Kingfisher is to shed 100 jobs in its Woolworths online retailing operation, in order to focus on the sale of CDs, videos and computer games.
Kingfisher is to sell its Superdrug health and beauty stores to Kruidvat of the Netherlands for £310m.
Kingfisher has announced plans to demerge Woolworths and Superdrug, having called off talks about selling the two retailing businesses.
Kingfisher has appointed Credit Suisse First Boston to sell off about 180 of its 804 Woolworths high street properties in a sale and leaseback arrangement that will raise about £600m.
Kingfisher is planning to shed up to 40 central office jobs at Woolworths, which will affect sites in London, Swindon and Castleton.
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.
Kingfisher is considering plans to develop a Big W superstore in Coatbridge, and is also looking at potential sites in Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness.
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.
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.
Kingfisher is considering plans to shed 40 jobs at the Superdrug head office following a business review.
Kingfisher is considering plans to sell Wegert, its German electrical retailing business, due to ongoing losses.
Kingfisher's Superdrug division is to launch a home delivery service in partnership with M-box, and the products will be carried on Express Dairies' milk floats.
Kingfisher is to accelerate the roll-out of its Big W superstores, opening one a month to reach 60 by 2005.
Kingfisher is said to have received three takeover offers for its Superdrug health and beauty retailing business, which is valued at up to £350m.
Kingfisher is to sell its 35% stake in LibertySurf, the French internet service provider, to Tiscali of Italy for £149m.
Kingfisher is planning to open 25 B&Q Warehouse stores in 2001 with the creation of more than 4,000 jobs.
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.
Kingfisher is preparing plans for the national roll out of its new Woolworths General Store format, which will involve 100 new stores and the conversion of 300 existing stores over the next five years.
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.
Kingfisher has bought an 85% stake in Streets Online, the internet-based music retailer, for £16m.
Kingfisher is to take over the C&A store in Doncaster in order to open a new Superdrug outlet.
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.
Kingfisher has agreed to take six former C&A stores to set up new Woolworths outlets.
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.
Kingfisher is to open a £7m Big W superstore at the Victoria shopping centre in Bradford in November, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Kingfisher is planning to build a 65,000 sq ft Big W superstore in Newark, with the creation of more than 230 jobs.
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.
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.
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.
Kingfisher is planning to open 300 Woolworths convenience stores over the next four years.
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.
Kingfisher is acquiring a 22.5% stake in Virtuelle Bau-Markt, the German internet retailer that specialises in DIY products, for undisclosed terms.
Kingfisher is to test a new convenience store format in a partnership between its Woolworth and Superdrug divisions, and the first outlet will be in Palmers Green, North London.
Kingfisher is in merger discussions with Metro of Germany, which could lead to the creation of a pan-European retailing group.
Kingfisher is to increase its investment in store openings, with capital expenditure expected to reach £1bn this year, while £50m will be spent on internet development.
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.
Kingfisher is to open a Big W superstore at the Filton Retail Park in Bristol.
Kingfisher is launching a Woolworths web site to sell about 350 products, including CDs and toys, in the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Kingfisher is acquiring Hugo Van Praag, the Belgian electrical retailer, for up to £20m.
Kingfisher has confirmed plans to open up to 10 Big W discount stores, with the creation of more than 2,000 jobs.
Kingfisher is to open a Big W superstore in Coventry in October with the creation of 250 jobs.
Kingfisher is planning to open a second BigW general merchandise superstore in Coventry, as the pilot store in Edinburgh is said to be performing well.
Kingfisher is linking up with AOL Europe to launch the Netscape Online subscription-free internet service, which will be available in Woolworths outlets.
Kingfisher has confirmed the acquisition of Screwfix, the mail-order and internet DIY business, for about £75m.
Kingfisher is planning to acquire Screwfix, the DIY mail order company, and is expected to invest in the internet side of the business.
Kingfisher is closing the Stockton head office of the recently-acquired Dickens DIY chain, and 18 buyers are being offered jobs at its base in Hampshire.
Kingfisher is linking up with Group Arnault to launch a free internet access service in France called Libertysurf, which will be available through Kingfisher's French stores and then extended to other countries in continental Europe.
Kingfisher has bought 10 Homeworld stores from Co-operative Retail Services for £80m, and plans to convert four into the Big W general merchandise format and two into B&Q Warehouses.
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.
Kingfisher is in merger discussions with Asda, which would create Europe's fifth biggest retailer with sales of more than £19bn.
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.
Kingfisher is considering plans to expand its chain of B&Q DIY stores by buying out-of-town superstores from Co-operative Retail Services.
Kingfisher is in discussions with property companies about plans to develop a chain of Woolworth's discount stores in out-of-town locations, and a trial store is expected to be built at Kinnaird near Edinburgh.
Kingfisher is to open a 70,000 sq ft DIY sore in Shanghai in June, through a joint venture between B&Q and Shanghai Home-Dec Building Materials.
Kingfisher's Chartwell Land property division is buying a retail warehouse park in Croydon from Brixton Estate for £32m.
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.
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.
Kingfisher has launched a £47m takeover bid for VCI, the video publisher, trumping an agreed bid from Scottish Media.
Kingfisher is considering plans to open out-of-town Woolworths stores, and is to set up a 70,000 sq ft retail shed outside Edinburgh next year.
Kingfisher is to acquire Polish Life Improvement, Poland's largest DIY retailer, for about £16m, its first move into eastern Europe.
Kingfisher is discussing the possible acquisition of Castorama, the French DIY retailer, for about £2bn, although other forms of co-operation between the two companies are also on the agenda.
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.
Asda and Kingfisher are said to have called off possible merger talks, although Asda says the discussions were to explore ways of working together in areas where the two retailers overlap.
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.
Kingfisher has acquired F-Beat Records, the owner of the Demon Records music company, for about £2m.
Kingfisher says it could afford to spend up to £1bn on a European acquisition, and has also announced plans to expand the Woolworths home shopping catalogue following successful trials.
Kingfisher has opened its new Hong Kong regional office from where it plans to expand its Asian DIY and electrical retailing activities.
Kingfisher has ended talks over the £225m acquisition of But, the French retailer, apparently due to concern over the prospects for the French economy and a reluctance to move into furniture retailing.
Kingfisher is in discussions to acquire BUT, the French electrical and furniture retailer in which it already holds a 26% stake.
Kingfisher is acquiring BCC Holding Amstelveen, the Dutch electrical retailer with 17 stores, for £34m.
Kingfisher is to close 28 of its out-of-town electrical stores and shed 1,500 jobs as part of the integration of Norweb Retail with its Comet chain.
Kingfisher is considering a £300m bid for control of BUT, the French furniture and electricals retailer in which it already has a 20% stake.
Kingfisher, the retail group, has sold its 50% stake in the Staples office supplies superstores to Staples, its US partner, for £23.5m.
Kingfisher is in discussions to acquire the Norweb white-goods chain of shops from United Utilities.
Kingfisher has increased its stake in BUT, the French electrical retailer, from 20% to 26%, for £25m.
Kingfisher is looking for savings of £20m a year at B&Q, the DIY chain, through improved presentation of products, better stock control and paying more attention to the supply chain.
Kingfisher is acquiring a 20% stake in BUT, the French electrical and furniture retailer, for £59m.
Kingfisher saw increased sales in the third quarter, with Woolworths up 2.7%, Comet up 4.3% and B&Q up 4% (all including new floor space).