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1,200 jobs created at B&Q

THE group behind DIY chain B&Q plans to create more than 1,200 jobs.

It's understood that the majority of the positions will be based in the UK through a major expansion of its trade supply arm Screwfix.

Kingfisher has announced it will open 40 new Screwfix stores by the end of next January.

The company announced results showing a 24pc rise in half-year profits to £439m (€317m).

Another 230 jobs will come from the conversion of 29 Focus stores into B&Q.