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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.

DIY: Bunnings list continues to grow

Bunnings is slowly working its way through the list of former Homebase stores that it intends to reopen this year under its own name following conversion and rebranding.

EUIPO study: “Protecting Innovation Through Trade Secrets”

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has recently released an EU-wide study entitled “Protecting Innovation Through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms”.   The study uses data from the Community Innovation Survey for 24 Member States, which

Byggmax working on expansion plan for Finland

The Swedish chain Byggmax aims to implement a new growth strategy in Finland. It plans to reorganise its store network and to make it more effective.

DIY chain Byggmax remains below high performance targets on same sales area

Byggmax has completed its second quarter with a growth in sales of 2.1 per cent to SEK 1.7758 bn. Net sales for comparable stores decreased by 0.3 per cent.

European Business Cycle Indicators – 2nd Quarter 2017

After the broad sideways movement during the first quarter of 2017, the euro-area and EU Economic Sentiment Indicators increased during the second quarter, resuming the upward trend that started in the second half of 2016.

WIPO changes the Madrid e-Renewal system

The World Intellectual Property Organization has recently introduced some changes in the Madrid e-Renewal system to help trade mark owners minimise the risk of fee-related irregularities. While users of the system will still be able to benefit from the unique

DIY chain Bunnings opens in a former B&Q store

For the first time in Great Britain, Bunnings has opened a store which hasn’t been converted from one of the Homebase stores taken over in February 2016.

DIY: Byggmax opens its first mini-market in Mariannelund

Byggmax has opened the first store of its new Byggmax Mini concept in the Swedish community of Mariannelund.

DIY: The Netherlands will be joining the German retail association BHB

The German DIY retail association BHB now has a member from the Netherlands: DGN Retail is joining the industry association for the DACH (Germany-Austria-Switzerland) region with its sales channels Hubo and Multimate.

June 2017: Eurozone manufacturing upturn gains further momentum

Eurozone manufacturing growth gained further momentum in June, rounding off the best quarter for more than six years.


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