Discount chain B&M has said it will open up to 45 new stores this year after sales soared during the coronavirus lockdown.
It said its business model was “well-attuned” to customer needs, with discount goods being sold at out-of-town stores.
Retailers have had mixed fortunes during the coronavirus pandemic.
In August, retail sales were boosted by increased spending on DIY, but clothing sales still lagged.
Supermarkets and DIY stores are among the retailers that have seen high demand during the pandemic as people stocked up on food and home improvement goods during and after lockdown.
Last week, Tesco and Morrisons again put limits on the number of some items that shoppers could buy to try to prevent a repeat of panic-buying which led to shortages in March.
Rising to the challenge
B&M, which sells goods including DIY and foodstuffs, said its staff had done well to