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HOMEBASE BOOSTS HOME RETAIL?

HOME Retail Group&rsquo;s yesterday said its first half-profits rose one per cent to &pound;123m meeting analyst expectations.<br /><br />Total sales rose by three per cent to &pound;2.8bn due to a boost from DIY enthusiasts lifting sales at Homebase by three per cent &ndash; offsetting a two per cent decline in sales at Argos