The "depressed" state of the UK home improvement market is continuing to hit sales at DIY chain B&Q, owner Kingfisher has said.
Despite price cuts and promotion B&Q is still struggling
Like-for-like sales - which exclude new store openings - at B&Q fell 9% to £850.3m in the 13 weeks to 28 January.
The fall followed an 8.4% decline in the previous quarter. B&Q also saw its margins slip as it cut prices and extended promotions to clear stocks.
Like-for-like sales at the Kingfisher group as a whole were down by 0.5%.
Looking ahead the group said it remained on course to meet profit expectations for the full financial year.
Outside the UK, Kingfisher made "good progress" in all of its major markets as like-for-like sales rose 6.2% during the period.
In France, where it runs the Castorama and Brico Depot chains, Kingfisher saw like-for-like sales rise 2.5%, while in Asia like-for-like sales rose 8% with total sales up by 59%.
"The UK home improvement market remains depressed and price competitive," said Gerry Murphy, group chief executive.
"B&Q's new management team has acted decisively to support short-term trading, manage stocks and reduce costs at the same time as accelerating the development of B&Q's stores, ranges and services for the future."
In an effort to turn around its fortunes in the UK, Kingfisher has embarked on a strategy of closures and job cuts - a move that will result in a one-off hit of £200m at the end of the financial year.
In September, it said pre-tax profits for the six months to 30 July fell to £250.8m from £287.6m last year - following falling sales at B&Q.