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General Market News

This public area provides general market news on regions or sections such as automotive, construction, consumer or the industrial market. Also, you can find here the latest developments in European hand tool related markets, such as inflation, employment or production figures. Also, you will find information on the European DIY market. To find out about the specifics and have access to all statistics and documents, please visit our Members Area.

DIY: Leroy Merlin grows in France by seven per cent

In France, Leroy Merlin, market leader of the country’s DIY trade, has closed 2017 with sales to the amount of EUR 6.64 bn.

December 2017: Production in construction up by 0.1% in euro area

In December 2017 compared with November 2017, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.1% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.6% in the EU28.

DIY: Kesko wants to sell its Russian stores to Leroy Merlin

The Finnish Kesko group wants to relinquish its DIY store activities in Russia and is negotiating with the French chain Leroy Merlin on a sale of its Russian stores.

Review of the SME Definition

The European Commission is reviewing how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined.

Key Messages for a Cybersafe Internet of Things

Cybersecurity is a top priority for the engineering industry. The companies of our industry are at the heart of the digital transformation of industry and the evolution of the Internet of Things – deploying connected machines, supplying interconnected products, and

Public consultation to establish first worldwide ‘Counterfeit and Piracy watch list’

The aim is to identify the marketplaces outside the EU where counterfeiting, piracy or other forms of intellectual property abuse are common practice.

Impact of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has prepared a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on EU trade marks and registered Community designs in the context of the notification of the intention of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the

DIY: Kingfisher announces integration plan for Romania

The British Kingfisher group has announced an integration and consolidation plan for its activities in Romania.

DIY cooperative Eurobaustoff breaks the six-billion-euro barrier

The German speciality retail cooperative Eurobaustoff increased its sales last year by 4.22 per cent, with a purchasing volume amounting to 6.11 bn euros in 2017.

DIY: Plus for Finnish Kesko Group’s building and home improvement trade

The building and home improvement trade of the Finnish Kesko Group increased its net sales in 2017 by 3.7 per cent to 2.276 bn euros. In local currencies, net sales grew by 2.9 per cent.


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