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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.

March 2017: Eurozone growth hits six-year high

Eurozone economic growth gathered further momentum in March, according to the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), reaching a near six-year high.

Global Business Outlook: Worldwide business confidence at two-and-a-half year high

After a slide in business sentiment in October 2016 – mostly arising from political uncertainty – which raised concerns regarding the sustainability of the global economic upturn, levels of optimism have revived in all major developed economies, as well as

DIY: B&Q, Castorama and Brico Dépôt down, Screwfix up fast

The British Kingfisher group made sales of GBP 11.225 bn in the last financial year 2016/2017 (ending 31 January 2017).

Polish DIY market is growing strongly

The total DIY market in Poland increased in 2016 by 5.3 per cent to a value of PLN 51.9 bn. The retail market, i.e. sales to individuals and to construction and renovation companies acting on their behalf, represent 57 per

German DIY retailing grows by 1.5 per cent

Sales in the German DIY trade increased by 1.5 per cent to a volume of EUR 18.24 bn in 2016. In like-for-like terms, the increase was 0.8 per cent.

Austrian DIY stores up 2.4 per cent

In Austria, DIY retailers saw sales growth of 2.4 per cent to EUR 2.46 bn and like-for-like growth of 3.9 per cent last year.

DIY sector in Switzerland stagnates

DIY retailing in Switzerland declined by 0.3 per cent to CHF 2.31 bn in 2016, following a sales downturn of 1.5 per cent in the previous year.

World Trade Statistical Review 2016

The “World Trade Statistical Review” provides a detailed analysis of the latest developments in world trade.

DIY: Leroy Merlin España is planning a further 31 stores

Leroy Merlin España has increased its 2016 sales by 8.6 per cent to € 1.931 bn. Net profit amounted to € 93.18 million.

French DIY chain Mr. Bricolage maintains its like-for-like sales

The 794 DIY stores belonging to the French group Mr. Bricolage turned over EUR 2.1421 bn last year, including online sales amounting to EUR 16.8 mio.


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