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Commission welcomes Council green light for EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

EU Member States in the Council authorised the signature of the trade agreement between the EU and Japan.

DIY: Mr. Bricolage enters into a partnership with CDiscount

The French DIY chain Mr. Bricolage has entered into a strategic partnership with the CDiscount platform.

Industrial production up by 1.3% in euro area

In May 2018 compared with April 2018, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 1.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28.

Global manufacturing growth at 11-month low in June

The upturn in the global manufacturing sector lost further momentum in June, as output and new order growth slowed and the rate of increase in new export business slipped closer to stagnation.

EU-Japan investment negotiations

Following discussions at technical level, negotiations continue on investment protection standards and dispute resolution.

June 2018: Euro area annual inflation up to 2.0%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.0% in June 2018, up from 1.9% in May 2018.

May 2018: Euro area unemployment at 8.4%

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.4% in May 2018, stable compared with April 2018 and down from 9.2% in May 2017.

DIY: Hagebau sales increase in the first six months

The German building materials and DIY store cooperative Hagebau increased its group sales in the first six months of 2018 by 4.0 per cent compared with the previous year to EUR 3.14 bn.

DIY: Nine per cent of millennials only buy DIY products online

Nearly one in ten millennials in Europe (nine per cent) buys products in the furnishings/DIY articles/garden category on the Internet.

EU applies retaliatory tariffs on US fastener imports

The European Union applies 25% “rebalancing” tariffs on a wide range of products imported from the United States, including seven categories of fasteners, effective from Friday 22ndJune 2018. The tariffs are in response to the Section 232 tariffs applied by


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