B&Q parent company Kingfisher hailed a near 50% jump in annual profits amid a strong performance for its UK DIY business.
Kingfisher saw adjusted pre-tax profits leap to £547 million in the year to January 30, compared with £368 million in the previous 12 months.
Profits at the UK and Ireland arm soared 64.5%, benefiting from total sales growth in the year as the home improvement market remained resilient despite the recession.
Retailer Next has also reported a hike in profits after seeing a turnaround in sales following four years of declines.
The group posted pre-tax profits of £505 million in the 12 months to January, up 18% on the £428.8 million seen a year earlier.
Next thanked better-than-feared consumer spending and efforts to improve product ranges for the improvement, as like-for-like sales returned to positive territory with a 0.5% rise.
But chief executive Simon Wolfson joined fellow retailers in expressing concern over 2010, saying the group is "extremely cautious" on the sales outlook.