The price was pushed up by more than 14p in stock market trading this morning before sliding back slightly this afternoon to 279.75p - an increase of 3.4 per cent - following a newspaper report this morning.
However, Teather & Greenwood analyst Rhys Williams was sceptical of the likely success of any bid for the business, which includes B&Q and French chain Castorama. He said: 'I think that the price is already too high for anyone to realistically be able to make it work.'
The news followed the announcement yesterday by Kingfisher that its pre-tax profit had fallen 11 per cent to£396.6 million for the 12 months to February 3.
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