As most Europeans shiver in the grip of the coldest March in living memory, retailers are feeling every bit as uncomfortable.
Spring fashions, potted plants and garden furniture - which normally contribute to sales at this time of year - are gathering dust as freezing winter temperatures show no sign of dissipating.
B&Q's owner Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home-improvement retailer, has had a slow start this spring, the company said yesterday.
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