The DIY store trade in Germany made total gross sales of € 9.59 bn in the first half year of 2017, thus gaining an increase in sales of 1.6 per cent (like-for-like 1.4 per cent) compared to the previous year.
The first quarter was strongest in sales (+5.4 per cent) and mainly responsible for the positive sector report for the middle of the year, according to the German industry association BHB.
In the DIY store sector, the product group construction chemicals/construction material grew most strongly with 3.7 per cent.
Declines in sales were particularly shown in the product groups home/decorating (-7.1 per cent), garden furniture (-6.6 per cent) and household goods (-5.8 per cent).
Source: DIY International, http://www.diyinternational.com