Homebase's performance has taken a severe blow over the past year, results released later this week are expected to show.
According to The Express, the prolonged winter weather and squeeze on household incomes have taken a toll on profits at the retailer. When parent Home Retail Group ¬releases its full-year results on Wednesday, it is predicted that earnings at Homebase will have slumped by half, down from £23m to £12m.
The Express says HRG, which also owns Argos, will see pre-tax profit down from £102m to £90m.
Homebase has been continuing with its programme of store closures as it concentrates on developing its multi-channel offer.