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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.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2018 to you and your families!

Dear Members, The year 2017 is soon about to end and we are looking back on another year full of mutual achievements and changes.

Retail in the Eurozone: Like-for-like sales growth weakens at start of fourth quarter 2017

Mixed messages were signalled by the latest survey data as to the health of the eurozone retail sector.

Worldwide business optimism highest for over three years

The rise in worldwide business confidence suggests that the global upturn will gather further momentum next year, with the expansion looking increasingly broad-based.

Eurozone growth even higher in November 2017

The eurozone economy is showing signs of picking up momentum in the fourth quarter, with multi-year highs seen for all main indicators of output, demand, employment and inflation in November.

All European broad sectors registered strong expansion in October

Basic materials registered the fastest growth of output in October.

September 2017: Industrial production down by 0.6% in euro area

In September 2017 compared with August 2017, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.5% in the EU28. 

Online Business Models Infringing IPRs

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched a new report regarding intellectual property rights infringement and domain name abuse.

Guide to Intellectual Property in Europe

Intellectual property (IP) management is a key element in improving the competitiveness of any company.

October 2017: Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area

Euro area annual inflation was 1.4% in October 2017, down from 1.5% in September.

3rd quarter 2017: GDP up by 0.6% in both the euro area and the EU28

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.6% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 during the third quarter of 2017, compared with the previous quarter. 


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