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The Markit Eurozone Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in April indicated that the broad industrials and technology sectors led a broad-based expansion, as consumer services activity rose following a brief decline in March.
The DIY and garden stores of the Austrian Lagerhaus cooperatives recorded sales of € 611 mio in 2016, representing a small increase of 1.0 per cent compared with the previous year.
On 1 May the German cooperative Hagebau acquired the Belgian cooperative Menouquin SCRL as a partner.
The National Hardware Show took place in the past week in Las Vegas (USA) with more than 2 600 exhibitors (a year ago over 2 800).
The Hagebaumarkt DIY distribution channel of German speciality retail cooperative Hagebau increased its first-quarter sales by 8.4 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.
The Swedish chain Clas Ohlson, which is also active in the home improvement field with its range of products, has finished financial year 2016/17 with a sales increase of five per cent.
In March 2017, compared with February 2017, industrial producer prices fell by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28.
In March 2017 compared with February 2017, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19), while it fell by 0.2% in the EU28.
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.5% in March 2017, stable compared to February 2017 and down from 10.2% in March 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since April 2009.
In January-March, the net sales of Finnish Kesko’s building and home improvement trade were € 522 mio, an increase of 12.0 per cent.