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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.

Covid-19 State Aids – August update

The link below leads to all state aid support measures granted by the European Commission under the Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (since March 2020).

Swiss DIY stores grow in double-digit figures

In the DIY trade in Switzerland, the positive swings of the sales curve in the first half of the year were somewhat less drastic than in Germany and Austria.

Eurozone productivity rises for first time in over two years during July

The rate of increase in productivity was the fastest for just over six years. By sector, manufacturing and services both registered productivity improvements, with the former reporting the steeper increase.

Autos and chemicals drive manufacturing-led output growth in July

The majority of sectors achieved growth of output at the start of the second half of 2020, as governments continued to ease restrictions brought in to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Global manufacturing sees expansion for first time since January

Manufacturing production rose for the first time in six months during July. Although the rate of expansion was only mild it was nonetheless the sharpest since the end of 2018.

DIY: Praktiker Hungary experienced a jump in sales in 2019

In 2019, Praktiker Hungary experienced a jump in sales of 18 per cent compared with the previous year.

Spanish Bricor stores gradually disappearing

The Spanish home improvement chain Bricor is gradually disappearing from view.

Modest drop in construction activity in June as COVID-19 measures ease

The IHS Markit Eurozone Construction Total Activity Index rose sharply from 39.5 in May to 48.3 in June, indicating the weakest decline in construction activity across the eurozone since February amid a relaxation of measures designed to control the coronavirus

DIY: Bricorama closes 13 stores in France

The French home improvement chain Bricorama is closing 13 stores because no franchisees could be found for them.

DIY: Hornbach plus 24 per cent at home, 13 per cent abroad

The German Hornbach group has started financial year 2020/21 with a significant increase in sales and profit. In its quarterly report, the company once again confirmed the figures already reported on 10 June.


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