News | Also DIY assortments


The British discounter B&M takes over Babou in France

B&M operates 591 B&M stores in the UK, some of them complemented by a garden centre.

B&M operates 591 B&M stores in the UK, some of them complemented by a garden centre.

The British discounter B&M has taken over the French discount chain Babou. Babou has 95 locations with an average retail space of 2 700 m². The most recent annual sales amounted to EUR 347.1 mio. The assortment range which comprises around 30 000 SKUs consists mostly of fashion, home textiles and household products. B&M now wants to apply its business model, which is based on the direct product sourcing of a limited assortment, to the Babou stores. DIY product groups such as tools, paints or wall and floor coverings as well as garden products belong to the B&M assortment.

B&M is also active in Germany with 88 locations, mainly under the brand Jawoll. The group operates 591 B&M stores on its home market as well as 269 stores from the Heron Foods sales channel.

The previous Babou CEO Thierry Morter has handed over his position with the acquisition. His successor is Cédric Mahieu who was been with B&M since January 2018 and who helped prepare the takeover. Until now, PIM Participations, a private family owned investment company in France, held all shares in Babou which B&M has now has purchased.

|25 October 2018

More about the company

Post a comment

* Please complete the areas marked in red correctly and in full!.

(will not be published)

* obligatory fields

Latest news

2018 DIY picture in Germany dictated by the weather

Sales in the home improvement sector in Germany increased by 1.6 per cent last year to a gross total of EUR 18.75 bn. Sales on the same store area View news...

Austrian home improvement sector continues to grow

Home improvement retailers in Austria recorded total gross sales amounting to EUR 2.56 bn in fiscal 2018. This is equivalent to growth of 1.4 per View news...

Swiss home improvement sector grows by nearly two per cent

DIY retail companies in Switzerland experienced sales growth of 1.9 per cent in the 2018 financial year. Total gross sales rose to a volume of CHF View news...

The ten largest German DIY store operators grow by almost three per cent

The international business of the German top 10 in the DIY trade is increasingly gaining momentum. This conclusion can be drawn from the initial View news...

Actual figures

Statistics Home Improvement Europe

Statistics Home Improvement
This brochure provides a competent overview of the situation in the Home Improvement sector in 31 European countries.

Order now!

6th Global DIY Summit 2018

Rapid, Innovation for end user


Innovation for the end user

More than 1 100 participants came to the 6th Global DIY Summit in Barcelona. Here are the portraits of some of the most important companies that exhibited at the International Congress Exhibition.