“The group continues to navigate inflationary pressures and raw material constraints well,” said chief executive David Wood.
Sales in the three months to end September 2021 fell 1.6% compared to the lockdown-enhanced period a year ago.
The DIFM or do-it-for-me market rose 0.7% but core trade sales dipped 2.3%.
Over the longer period, the reverse is the case, with DIFM sales well down on two years ago but core sales up by 27%, though this is half the growth seen in the first quarter.
Shares fell 1.5% to 222.6p.