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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: Lagerhaus opens flagship store with new concept

There is a new floor space concept for the Lagerhaus stores in Austria.

DIY: The Italian market grows at just under one per cent

The Italian market research company Osservatorio Findomestic estimates the volume of the DIY market in Italy in the year 2018 at around EUR 4.645 bn.

Germany’s last big DIY retailer now has an online shop

The last of the big home improvement chains in Germany now also has an online shop.

DIY: Garden and construction haul the Dutch market upwards

The DIY retail trade in the Netherlands grew by 4.4 per cent last year.

Quarterly Report on the Euro Area. Volume 17, No 4 (2018)

The euro area economy grew at its fastest pace in a decade in 2017, but growth has moderated since then and the outlook is now less favourable as documented in the Winter Economic Forecast of the European Commission.

EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

French DIY stores have a positive start to the year

After two months with significant declines, DIY stores in France have started the year 2019 with an increase in sales.

German DIY retailers in Europe: increasing consolidation

An increasing consolidation of locations among the German operators of DIY stores in Europe can be determined for the years between 1999 and 2017.

British DIY chain Wickes sales shrank by 2.5 per cent in 2018

The British Wickes chain had a sales decline of 2.5 per cent to record in 2018.

DIY: The Spanish chain Bricoking is insolvent

The Spanish chain of DIY stores Bricoking has filed for bankruptcy. There will be a second attempt to auction the seven stores which the company operates itself.


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