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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.

EU-WTO Contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

The EU and 15 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body.

DIY: French home improvement stores lose half of their sales

Covid-19 has made a significant dent of nearly 50 per cent in the sales of DIY stores in France.

March 2020: Annual inflation down to 0.7% in the euro area

The euro area annual inflation rate was 0.7% in March 2020, down from 1.2% in February.

February 2020 – Production in construction down by 1.5% in euro area

In February 2020 – the month before COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States – compared with January 2020, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 1.5% in the euro area and by 1.0%

Industrial production down by 0.1% in euro area

In February 2020 – the month before COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States – compared with January 2020, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.1% in the euro area and remained unchanged in the EU.

European do-it-for-me trend collapses in 2019

An unexpected collapse of the do-it-for-me (DIFM) trend, as opposed to do-it-yourself, has been registered by the European Home Improvement Monitor.

Creation of the European Research Area (ERA) Corona Platform

The European Commission has launched the European Research Area (ERA) corona platform on the Funding & tenders portal. This dedicated space provides information regarding related research and innovation actions, but also updates regarding the extension of certain call deadlines due

January 2020: Production in construction up by 3.6% in euro area

In January 2020 compared with December 2019, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 3.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 3.9% in the EU27.

Kingfisher only publishes unaudited figures

On account of the coronavirus situation, Kingfisher has put back the publication of its sales figures scheduled for yesterday, 24 March 2020, by two weeks; this was in response to a request by the Financial Conduct Authority addressed to the

COVID-19 outbreak leads to largest collapse in business activity ever recorded

The eurozone economy suffered an unprecedented collapse in business activity in March as the coronavirus outbreak intensified, according to provisional PMI® survey data.


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