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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.

Fact sheet on copyright essentials

Copyright is an intellectual property right (IPR) that grants authors, artists and other creators protection for their literary, artistic and scientific creations, generally referred to as “works”.

Eurobaustoff ends Euro-Mat membership

The German building materials cooperative Eurobaustoff leaves the European purchasing group Euro-Mat.

Continued growth stimulus from abroad for Hornbach

It is evident from the company’s half-yearly report that the German DIY store operator Hornbach continues to get its greatest growth stimulus from its activities outside Germany.

Double-digit growth in the wet room market in the UK

The value of the wet room market in the UK has increased by ten per cent between 2014 and 2016, according to a report by AMA Research.

French online marketplace for DIY collects € 60 mio for its expansion

The French online marketplace for DIY and garden products Mano Mano has collected fresh capital to the amount of € 60 mio for its further expansion in Europe.

Domestic market causes a decline in sales at Mr. Bricolage

The French DIY retail group Mr. Bricolage, which also owns the Les Briconautes distribution channel, saw its sales decline in the first six months of 2017.

Kingfisher loses sales of 1.3 per cent in the first half of the year

The British Kingfisher group has closed the first half of its financial year 2017/2018 (ending 31 July 2017) with a decline in sales.

The Swedish build the most homes, the Portuguese the least

In 2016, Switzerland and Norway were the European countries with the highest level of house-building activity in relation to the population.  The completion quota here lay at over six homes per 1 000 inhabitants.

Spnaish DIY chain Bricor increases sales and cuts losses

The Spanish DIY chain Bricor increased its sales last year by 1.7 per cent to € 110.59 mio.

Byggmax closes four stores in Finland and announces new ones

Byggmax is reorganising itself in Finland. The Swedish DIY store operator is closing 13 of its stores there and has announced “in accordance with the new growth strategy” the opening of new sites “in strategic locations”, according to a press


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