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French DIY stores saw sales increase by nearly 20 per cent during July

French home improvement retailers experienced continued high sales in July, even if the growth rates declined somewhat.

Construction downturn slows further in July

The downturn in eurozone construction activity continued to ease in July, adding to further signs that the sector may turn a corner in the coming months if the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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).

All-virtual National Hardware Virtual Show in October

For the US American National Hardware Show trade fair, which was cancelled due to Covid-19, there is to be a virtual replacement.

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.

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