With three new openings in July/August PSB runs now 96 Mrówka shops all over Poland.
Number 84 is situated in Dzierżoniów, a town of 34.000 inhabitants. The PSB partner Fago runs this shop of 1650 m2 with 30 employees.
Number 83 opened its gates end of July with a sale surface of 300m2 and 350 m2 storage space for building materials in Dziwnów in Western Pomeranian voivodship.
And finally number 85 is a new opened Mrówka shop with a sale surface of 1900m2 in Głubczyce (23,000 inhabitants). The investor of this shop is the PSB partner Prowent.
Woodie's DIY and Atlantic Hardware contribute 4.6% growth in parent firm's retailing operations, easing declines in Ireland in Q1.
The rate of decline in turnover in Ireland moderated to 2.6% for the four months ended April 30, 2011, boosted by growth in the retailing businesses.
Grafton, which also operates several merchanting chains in Ireland, as well as Plumbase, Buildbase, Selco and Jackson Building Centres in the UK, reported a group turnover of €642m, up 4% on the same period in 2010.
Average daily like-for-like sales in the UK increased by 5.8% in sterling, while recovery in the residential RMI orientated UK operations continued against a backdrop of low consumer confidence. This side of the business now accounts for more than 70% of group turnover, said the firm.
Despite the uplift in DIY retailing operations, trading conditions in Ireland remained challenging, said Grafton, due to weak demand in the residential RMI market and low levels of activity in the new build markets.
The firm attributes its improved operating performance during the quarter to an increase in turnover across the group, coupled with the measures taken to lower its cost base over recent years. As a result, Grafton believes it is well placed to benefit from a recovery in its markets.
PSB income from building materials sales in April 2011 was 156 million PLN and it is 17% bigger in comparison with the previous year and 31% bigger compared to March 2011. Sales during the first 4 months of this year increased by 28% in comparison with the same period of time, last year. Below we present the results of April, identified by various assortments in comparison with April 2010. There are over ten/several dozens of percentage increase noticeable in every assortment line excluding wall materials and steel – it is worth to mention that these dynamics are becoming lower compared to what we saw in the last 3 months.
At this event, which was evaluated by 175 participants from 23 European countries being very efficient and well prepared, the EURO-MAT referenced suppliers had once more the possibility to meet in a kind of “speed-dating” the top-management from the EURO-MAT partners.