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Europäisches Werkzeugkomittee
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.

Euro area annual inflation stable at 1.2%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.2% in June 2019, stable compared to May, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

DIY: Praktiker Hungary grows by 20 per cent in 2018

Praktiker Hungary reports record sales for 2018. Returns rose by 19.5 per cent to HUF 57.1 bn (EUR 178 mio).

DIY: Clas Ohlson’s project with storage provider Vinden

The Swedish retailer Clas Ohlson now offers a one month free storage service included in the purchase of storage boxes.

DIY: Jem & Fix now has five stores in Norway

After entering the Norwegian market a year ago, the Danish home improvement chain Jem & Fix now has five outlets in the neighbouring country to the north.

Euro area international trade in goods surplus €15.7 bn

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in April 2019 was €192.9 billion, an increase of 5.2% compared with April 2018 (€183.4 bn).

Annual growth in labour costs at 2.4% in euro area

Hourly labour costs rose by 2.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.6% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same quarter of the previous year.

DIY: New Kingfisher format and own brand GoodHome

Kingfisher has presented its new own brand GoodHome at the same time as its new express format of the same name.

DIY: Lagerhaus stores grow by 0.5 per cent

The Lagerhaus stores in Austria grew only slightly in the last year.

Why Generation Z prefers paying for help

Another study has come out in Great Britain showing that the so-called Generation Z (those born after 1997) are much less comfortable with DIY than the “baby boomers” (people born between 1946 and 1964).

DIY: Hornbach targets increased earnings

The German DIY store operator Hornbach is targeting sales growth in the mid-single-digit percentage range and a significantly above-average increase in adjusted operating earnings (EBIT) for the current financial year 2019/2020 (1 March 2019 to 29 February 2020).


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