Travis Perkins hit by Wickes

Wickes owner Travis Perkins has been dragged down by falling sales in the kitchens and bathrooms division of its DIY stores, but said that overall trading remained in line with its expectations. Like-for-like sales at Wickes fell by 6.8 per cent over the last eight weeks, but its parent company, Travis Perkins, fared better as it said turnover rose 5.5 per cent across the last 11 months.