Wolseley, the FTSE 100 plumbing and building suppliers firm, has said that the French market is finding things tough.
Like-for-like revenue in France fell by 4.8% in the three months to the end of October, which it blamed on continued weakness in the new residential market and 'negligible' inflation.
While Kingfisher, which owns Castorama and Brico Depot in France, reported to shareholders that it does not expect to see much improvement in consumer morale.
And while its total sales were up 1.9%, the company said its profits in France shrank by 5.6% in the last three months.
Ian Cheshire, Kingfisher chief executive, said: "Whilst we have delivered sales growth in each of our geographies our markets remain challenging, especially in France where consumer confidence is still weak and with no obvious signs of an imminent improvement."
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