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Here, you find current public information on the European tool sector. You can also visit the sub-categories of the Public Area via the menu above. To read about the latest legislative changes that are relevant for the hand tool sector – like the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), obligatory origin marking according to the European Consumer Product Safety Regulation (CPSR) – or have access to information on European Tool Association CEO activities, please visit the Members Area.

Kesko increased net sales in Finland by 1.3 per cent

The building and technical trade division of the Finnish Kesko Group (excluding speciality goods trade) ended the first half of 2018 with sales totalling EUR 1.798 bn.

Visual trade mark search extended

The trade mark visual search tool of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), TMview, has been extended to cover registered trade marks from national IP offices in Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Greece, which are now fully searchable using images.

Kingfisher can show growth again in the second quarter

Kingfisher has closed the second quarter (ending 31 July 2018) with sales of GBP 3.255 bn and thus with a plus of 3.4 per cent. Like-for-like change with constant currency was 1.6 per cent.

Home Improvement Monitor 2018

It’s got to be more aesthetic and more comfortable: these are the main reasons why European consumers take up a home improvement project.

How to define and manage background in Horizon 2020

Defining the existing knowledge, i.e. the “background information”, of the partners has a direct effect on the successful exploitation of the results in Horizon 2020 projects. Being aware of the importance of this issue, we have developed this Fact Sheet

EU customs seized over 31 million fake goods in 2017

A recent report announced by the European Commission shows that EU customs authorities confiscated over 31 million counterfeit products at the EU’s external border with a street value of over €580 million.

Annual inflation up to 2.1% in the euro area

The Euro area annual inflation rate was 2.1% in September 2018, up from 2.0% in August.

Leroy Merlin opens store in Madrid

Leroy Merlin has opened a new store in Raimundo Fernández Villaverde Street in Madrid.

Benelux becomes a member of the 1999 Act of the Hague System

As of 18 December 2018, the Netherlands joins the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement for the international registration of designs, bringing the number of Contracting Parties to 58.

Revised guidelines for examination of registered Community designs

The revised Guidelines for examination of registered Community designs were adopted on 14 September and entered into force on 1 October 2018. The EUIPO Guidelines are the main point of reference on EUIPO’s current design practice for users of the


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