Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, is expected to perform well in Q1 after Nomura released their latest guidance on the retailer.

"Ahead of 1Q results on 3 June, we update our forecasts and outline our Q1 expectations. Despite a tough seasonal comparative and a promotional environment, we expect B&Q to report a solid 1Q result, with a -3.2 pct LFL but continued self help gross margin gains." the Japanese broker said.

Elsewhere in retail, DSGi - owner of PC World - said that it would make £80-90m profit as it seeks a World Cup boost to lift sales.

However, it will be wary of Best Buy - a major US brand that has opened in UK - as a loss of market share would negatively impact sales.

Overall the Curry's and PC World store owner grew 8 pct with a double digit growth online.

Retail sales overall are rising, though March showed a definite shift in non-food sales outpacing food sales.

Next updates from the National Office of Statistics is due 20 May.