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Wickes-owner Travis Perkins to return COVID-19 business rates relief

Signage is pictured at Travis Perkins, a timber and building merchants yard in St Albans

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Travis Perkins said it would return business rates relief and job retention scheme money for its Wickes and Toolstation stores after it continued to see strong demand in the DIY market.

The company said on Wednesday the repayment of government assistance totalled 50 million pounds ($67 million).

It also said it delivered "robust" like-for-like sales growth across the group of 8.6% in October and November.

($1 = 0.7433 pounds)

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Sarah Young)