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Europäisches Werkzeugkomittee
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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.

Industrials and technology lead European growth in April

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.

Slight growth at Austrian DIY chain Lagerhaus 2016

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.

Hagebau expanding to Belgium

On 1 May the German cooperative Hagebau acquired the Belgian cooperative Menouquin SCRL as a partner.

Sales up by more than eight per cent for Hagebaumarkt

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.

Clas Ohlson increases sales by five per cent

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.

March 2017: Industrial producer prices down by 0.3% in euro area

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.

Volume of retail trade up by 0.3% in euro area

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.

March 2017: Euro area unemployment at 9.5%

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.

DIY: Kesko’s sales increase by eight per cent in the first quarter

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.

Top ten DIY stores worldwide experienced double-digit growth in 2016

The ten largest DIY store companies in the world experienced double-digit growth in their aggregated sales last year, together reaching a sales volume of € 230.118 bn (exchange rates at 31 December 2016). This equates to an increase of 10.8 per


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