B&Q sales in the UK increased 0.1 per cent in the 13 weeks to January 29 to £954m, with sales struggling because of snowy weather and the poor housing market.
In France, total sales rose three per cent to £896m in the same period.
Chief Executive Ian Cheshire said:
"I'm expecting a difficult general market in the first six months with some improvement after that. We are not assuming any help from a buoyant market in the UK. It's more about trying to gain market share than expecting the market to be in recovery."
He added: "Our international businesses delivered strong growth, more than offsetting some weather disruption and a weak market in the UK and Ireland."