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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.

“Technology Trends” Study Probes Artificial Intelligence

“Artificial intelligence is a new digital frontier that will have a profound impact on the world, transforming the way we live and work”

European Parliament Approves New Copyright Rules for the Internet

New copyright rules for the internet: The aim of the new directive just approved by the European Parliament is to ensure that rules applying in the “real” world also apply online.

Artificial Intelligence and IP – Mapping Legal Challenges for the European Digital Single Market

The AI market is predicted to grow from $8 billion in 2016 to more than $47 billion in 2020.

European Court of Justice confirms compatibility of Investment Court System with EU Treaties

The European Commission welcomes today’s Opinion of the Court of Justice of the European Union that the Investment Court System (ICS) provisions of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada are consistent with the EU

April 2019: Flash PMI signals lacklustre start to second quarter as growth slows

The pace of eurozone economic growth slowed for a second successive month in April, according to flash Purchasing Managers Index (PMI®) survey data, indicating that the economy remains in its worst growth spell since 2014.

Manufacturing sector continues to contract during April

The eurozone’s manufacturing sector remained firmly in contraction territory during April. After accounting for seasonal factors, the IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI®) recorded a level of 47.9, up only marginally on March’s near six-year low of 47.5.

Profile on Portuguese metal tech sector

This report details how Portuguese metal tech firms confronted by crisis in 2008 managed to find new opportunities through a twin strategy of innovation and internationalisation, becoming major players in European value chains and delivering a serious boost to their

Production in construction up by 3.0% in euro area

In February 2019 compared with January 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 3.0% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.3% in the EU28.

March 2019: Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area

The euro area annual inflation rate was 1.4% in March 2019, down from 1.5% in February 2019.

DIY: Byggmax Group starts the year with sales up 7.5 per cent

The Swedish retailer Byggmax Group has entered 2019 with a positive first-quarter performance.


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