CEO Comité Européen de l‘Outillage 
European Tool Committee 
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.

February 2018: Industrial production down by 0.8% in euro area

In February 2018 compared with January 2018, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.8% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7% in the EU28.

Business investment rate up to 22.8% in the euro area

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the business investment rate was 22.8% in the euro area, compared with 22.5% in the previous quarter.

Hourly labour costs in the EU 2017

In 2017, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €26.8 in the European Union (EU) and €30.3 in the euro area.

Swiss DIY stores achieve an increase of 0.5 per cent

Companies in the DIY trade in Switzerland made total gross sales of CHF 2.33 bn in financial year 2017. That is a growth of 0.5 per cent compared to the previous year. These market figures were announced by GfK consumer

DIY stores in Austria grow in 2017 by two and a half per cent

The DIY store trade in Austria made total gross sales of EUR 2.53 bn in financial year 2017, thus achieving growth of 2.6 per cent.

DIY stores in Germany grow in 2017 by 1.1 per cent

The DIY store trade in Germany achieved gross sales to the amount of EUR 18.45 bn in 2017 and thus an increase in sales of 1.1 per cent.

Madrid System – online requests to replace fax communications

Starting April 1 2018, the Madrid Registry will no longer process documents and requests received by fax. With the Contact Madrid service, you will have access to a printable confirmation and summary of your request each time you submit a

Danish DIY chain Jem & Fix expanding into Norway

The Danish chain Jem & Fix is expanding into Norway, with four or five stores expected to open as the spring progresses.

DIY: B&Q, Castorama and Brico Dépôt lose sales

Overall, Kingfisher reports an increase in sales for its financial year 2017/2018 (ending 31 January 2018); however after adjusting for currency effects, there was a slight deficit, in some distribution channels there were significant declines.

Bricomarché grows in France by 1.6 per cent

The French trading group Les Mousquetaires made sales of EUR 2.58 bn last year with its DIY sales channels Bricomarché and Brico Cash.


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