European home improvement retailer Kingfisher will report "weather battered" annual results on Tuesday, according to analysts' forecasts.
The company's 2012/13 results are expected to reflect the impact of Britain's wettest year on record, a continued weak UK housing market, rapidly deteriorating demand in French construction and a waning Polish backdrop.
Profit before tax is pegged at £715m, down from the previous year's £797m.
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"Kingfisher's finals will likely confirm a weather-battered 2012/13 and a tough start to the new year (as per recent industry and competitor updates)," said Jefferies International.
"A normalisation of the trading backdrop and a more meaningful return to gross margin self-help provide long term attractions, even if the glacial run-up to spring may prove a short-term negative offset."
The broker also expects solid progress on cashflow, with a more limited capital expenditure outlay and reduced working capital headwinds in France allowing a return to a near net cash position by year-end.
Kingfisher should see earnings improve on better weather conditions in the year ahead, the analyst added.
"We therefore look for a resumption in double-digit earnings growth from '13/14," Jefferies added, issuing the company's stocks a 'buy' rating and a target price of 330p.
Shares dropped 1.88% to 282.10p at 15:52 on Monday.
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