The building and technical trade of the Finnish Kesko group made sales of € 1.1422 bn in the first quarter. This is a growth of 60.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. The high percentage is due to the takeover of the wholesale company Onninen a year ago. The comparable change was 6.1 per cent. In March, the sales of the building and home improvement trade in local currencies were up by 13.3 per cent.