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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.

December 2016: EU28 current account surplus €17.8 bn

The EU28 seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €17.8 bn in December 2016, compared with surpluses of €16.2 bn in November 2016 and €11.4 bn in December 2015.

December 2016: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €28.1 bn

Euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in December 2016 were €178.6 billion, an increase of 6% compared with December 2015 (€168.7 bn).

Production in construction down by 0.2% in euro area

In December 2016 compared with November 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19), while it increased by 0.6% in the EU28.

Brexit plan published in government Whitepaper

The government has published an official policy document setting out its Brexit plans.

Chemical versus mechanical anchors – the pros and cons

Those responsible for choosing fixings for any application – let alone ones that are safety critical – are faced with a bewildering array of fixing systems to choose from and one of the most significant decisions, usually made very quickly

CETA: Parliament supports trade deal with Canada

On 15th February, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level.

Leroy Merlin Spain plans its DIY store project

In Spain, DIY chain Leroy Merlin is planning the opening of its first small-spaced DIY store, which is aimed at customer projects.

DIY: Coop Bau + Hobby sales down by 1.8 per cent

The Swiss DIY market leader, Coop Bau + Hobby, recorded sales of CHF 622 mio last year, 1.8 per cent less than in the previous year. The number of stores operated remained the same at 74, while the retail area

European Economic Forecast – Winter 2017

Having proven resilient to global challenges last year, the European economic recovery is expected to continue this year and next.

11th edition of the Nice Classification system entered into force

The 11th edition of the Nice Classification system entered into force on January 1.


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