Homebase plans 15 updated stores

Homebase, Britain’s second-biggest home improvement retailer, said yesterday it is seeing evidence of success from its costly store refit programme and aims to expand it to 15 of its outlets by year end. The company, owned by Home Retail Group, aims to stand out in a crowded market with a refurbishment programme costing £1m per store and which it says boosts sales by around a fifth at each revamped outlet.