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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.

DIY chain Kingfisher: No good figures in second quarter

British DIY chain Kingfisher has reported a decline in sales of 1.9 per cent to GBP 3.148 bn (all figures, including the following, on a like-for-like basis) for the second quarter of its fiscal year (1.5.-31.7.2017).

Soon 50 DIY stores with over 15 000 m² retail area in Germany

The latest assessment by the DIY editorial staff indicates that there were 49 builders’ merchants and DIY stores in Germany with a retail area exceeding 15 000 m² at the end of 2016.

June 2017: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €26.6 bn

The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in June 2017 was €187.2 billion, an increase of 3.9% compared with June 2016 (€180.2 bn).

2nd quarter 2017: GDP up by 0.6% in both the euro area and the EU28

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.6% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 during the second quarter of 2017, compared with the previous quarter.

July 2017: Annual inflation stable at 1.3% in the euro area

Euro area annual inflation was 1.3% in July 2017, stable compared with June 2017. In July 2016 the rate was 0.2%.

Production in construction down by 0.5% in euro area

In June 2017 compared with May 2017, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28.

Kingfisher takes over Praktiker Romania

The British Kingfisher group is purchasing Praktiker Romania, according to reports from the Romanian industry service Bricoretail.ro and other Romanian media.

DIY: Bunnings list continues to grow

Bunnings is slowly working its way through the list of former Homebase stores that it intends to reopen this year under its own name following conversion and rebranding.

EUIPO study: “Protecting Innovation Through Trade Secrets”

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has recently released an EU-wide study entitled “Protecting Innovation Through Trade Secrets and Patents: Determinants for European Union Firms”.   The study uses data from the Community Innovation Survey for 24 Member States, which

Byggmax working on expansion plan for Finland

The Swedish chain Byggmax aims to implement a new growth strategy in Finland. It plans to reorganise its store network and to make it more effective.


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