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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.

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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