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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.

Sears, the Original Everything Store, Files for Bankruptcy

Sears, which more than a century ago pioneered the strategy of selling everything to everyone, filed for bankruptcy protection and laid out a plan for turning its business around. The company long ago gave up its mantle as a retail

Screwfix to exit Germany

Kingfisher is closing its 19 German Screwfix branches and thus relinquishing its plans for growth in Germany for the time being, according to the German online reporting service diyonline.de, which quotes information from the sector.

August 2018: Production in construction down by 0.5% in both euro area and EU28

In August 2018 compared with July 2018, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.5% in both the euro area (EA19) and EU28.

Lending tools and DIY equipment across all sales channels

In Spain, a cross-divisional online platform for borrowing DIY equipment and tools will be starting in September this year under the name “Tulpik”.

Kesko increased net sales in Finland by 1.3 per cent

The building and technical trade division of the Finnish Kesko Group (excluding speciality goods trade) ended the first half of 2018 with sales totalling EUR 1.798 bn.

Visual trade mark search extended

The trade mark visual search tool of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), TMview, has been extended to cover registered trade marks from national IP offices in Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Greece, which are now fully searchable using images.

Kingfisher can show growth again in the second quarter

Kingfisher has closed the second quarter (ending 31 July 2018) with sales of GBP 3.255 bn and thus with a plus of 3.4 per cent. Like-for-like change with constant currency was 1.6 per cent.

Home Improvement Monitor 2018

It’s got to be more aesthetic and more comfortable: these are the main reasons why European consumers take up a home improvement project.

How to define and manage background in Horizon 2020

Defining the existing knowledge, i.e. the “background information”, of the partners has a direct effect on the successful exploitation of the results in Horizon 2020 projects. Being aware of the importance of this issue, we have developed this Fact Sheet

EU customs seized over 31 million fake goods in 2017

A recent report announced by the European Commission shows that EU customs authorities confiscated over 31 million counterfeit products at the EU’s external border with a street value of over €580 million.


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