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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.

DIY: 12 of 14 K-rauta stores in Russia are sold to Leroy Merlin

Kesko sells its Russian DIY stores to Leroy Merlin. After the Finnish group reported sales negotiations last week, it has now announced their implementation.

General Data Protection Regulation: Entry into force 25th Mai 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy. 

DIY: Coop Bau + Hobby manages a sales increase again

Coop Bau + Hobby can record an increase in sales again for 2017.

Do-it-yourself share of home improvement increases

In 2017 European consumers opted to do it themselves more often.

Eurozone manufacturing stays close to record high in January

The eurozone’s manufacturing boom continued in full swing in January. Output grew at one of the fastest rates recorded over the survey’s 20-year history, matched by a further near-record surge in new orders.

DIY: Groupe Adeo grows by 14 per cent in 2017

The French Groupe Adeo achieved growth in its gross sales of around 14 per cent to around EUR 21.8 bn in 2017.

DIY: Clas Ohlson in plus after nine months

The Swedish retail chain Clas Ohlson has closed the first three quarters of its financial year 2017/2018 (May 2017 to January 2018) with an increase in turnover.

January 2018: Nine out of top-ten sectors are in manufacturing

The latest Europe Sector Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data from IHS Markit showed further strong output growth across a wide range of sectors in January, with manufacturing dominating the growth rankings once again.

How effective is investing in the brand?

Is it worth investing in the brand? USP Marketing Consultancy has looked at the aided brand awareness of 18 branded manufacturers as well as of private labels of retailers among European consumers.

DIY: Skånska Byggvaror puts the brakes on Byggmax growth

The Swedish DIY store group Byggmax ended 2017 with net sales amounting to SEK 5.3214 bn. Sales thus increased by 2.0 per cent compared with the previous year. Net sales for comparable stores decreased by 0.1 per cent.

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