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Europäisches Werkzeugkomittee
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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.

The impact of Covid-19 on the Italian economy

Italy was one of the first EU countries to have to face and deal with the pandemic triggered by the coronavirus. The lockdown enforced by the authorities in the early months of 2020, just like for all other manufacturing businesses,

Brexit – how to get ready for the end of the transition period

On September 1, 2020, the EU Commission started an information campaign to inform European companies about tax and customs law changes that will occur after the end of the Brexit transition period from January 1, 2021.

July 2020: Production in construction up by 0.2% in euro area and down by 0.1% in EU

In July 2020, a month marked by some relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures in many Member States, the seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 0.2% in the euro area and fell by 0.1% in the EU, compared

August 2020: Euro area annual inflation down to -0.2%

In August 2020, a month in which COVID-19 containment measures continued to be lifted, Euro area annual inflation is expected to be -0.2%, down from 0.4% in July.

Installation services via prepaid cards off the shelves of DIY stores

The French DIY store chains Bricomarché and Bricorama are selling prepaid cards with which customers can have small jobs done in and around the house.

Study: DIY remains popular in Europe

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, DIY is more popular than ever.

French DIY stores saw sales increase by nearly 20 per cent during July

French home improvement retailers experienced continued high sales in July, even if the growth rates declined somewhat.

Eurozone growth loses momentum in August

August saw a loss of growth momentum across the eurozone private sector, according to provisional Purchasing Managers Index (PMI®) survey data, following a rebound from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) related downturn.

French DIY stores saw sales increase by nearly 20 per cent during July

French home improvement retailers experienced continued high sales in July, even if the growth rates declined somewhat.

Construction downturn slows further in July

The downturn in eurozone construction activity continued to ease in July, adding to further signs that the sector may turn a corner in the coming months if the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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