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Household saving rate up to 12.3% in the euro area

The household saving rate in the euro area was 12.3% in the third quarter of 2018, compared with 12.1% in the second quarter of 2018.

Industrial production down by 1.7% in euro area

In November 2018 compared with October 2018, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 1.7% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.3% in the EU28.

DIY: Third quarter adversely affects Hornbach’s profits

Reflecting a patchy third quarter of 2018 across the sector, Hornbach is the latest company to announce an unexpected drop in earnings.

DIY: German DIY stores growing more slowly than the market in 2018

Sales of DIY products in Germany are likely to grow by 1.4 per cent this year.

DIY: Clas Ohlson reports an increase of nine per cent

In the first half year of its financial year 2018/2019, i.e. from May to October, Clas Ohlson made sales to the amount of SEK 4.115 bn (EUR 403 mio).

DIY: Leroy Merlin to operate in four formats in Spain

Leroy Merlin will operate under four formats in Spain in future.

December 2018: Euro area annual inflation down to 1.6%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.6% in December 2018, down from 1.9% in November 2018.

DIY: Europeans prefer A-brand paints to private labels

Germany is virtually the only country in Europe where private label paints are more popular than A-brands. In other European countries the reverse is true, with 61 per cent of consumers preferring A-brand paints to the private labels of the

DIY: Bricofer of Italy acquires Bricorama’s Spanish stores

The Italian DIY store operator Bricofer is taking over the Bricorama stores in Spain. The news was reported by the industry service Ferretería y Bricolaje and is based on internal information communicated to Bricorama employees.

DIY: Mr. Bricolage concentrates on its function as headquarters

The French franchise group Mr. Bricolage wants to accelerate its strategic plan under the title of Rebond (“rebound”).

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