Why the pandemic hasn't been doom and gloom for all industries – The Times

Power hitters drill ahead
●Sales at Woodie’s DIY in the first six months of the year exceeded those in 2019 despite the chain being closed for 51 days. Crisis, what crisis? In one two-week period in May, like-for-like sales were up by 153%. Margins and profits were also ahead — marginally. Screwfix, which sells power tools and plumbing supplies to tradespeople, is to open 10 new stores in Ireland by the end of January 2021, bucking closures elsewhere. It is part of a pre-coronavirus “turbo plan” to build a 40-store chain here. Grafton made its first acquisition in Ireland since 2008, buying a builders’ merchant in Dundalk, which “filled a gap on the map”. A pre-emptive strike against its new rival? The poser now is

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