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"Brands - and I'm talking of suppliers brands - will play an increasingly important role in the future." "In ten years at the latest, we...View comment...

Hardware and tools - Taiwan

Strong export nation

The Taiwanese hand tools industry placed emphasis on quality at the International Hardware Fair in Cologne, with the winners of the Taiwan Excellence Award... View article...


Good and bad companies

Customer, customer, customer: that’s how Obi’s current business strategy could be summarised. Sergio Giroldi demands that not only his company, but... View article...
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Two years ago, Wesfarmers took over the British Homebase chain and started to remodel these stores according to the Bunnings warehouse format.

Rapid sell-off of Bunnings UK expected

Wesfarmers is reported to have asked potential buyers of its British and Irish Homebase and Bunnings stores to submit initial takeover bids, View news...

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Byggmax confirmed the roughly 15 per cent downturn in sales between January and March.

Byggmax aims to grow primarily through garden and e-commerce

In its recently published quarterly report Byggmax confirmed the roughly 15 per cent downturn in sales between January and March that was revealed at View news...

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B&Q's new distribution centre in Swindon is expected to be operational by February 2019.

B&Q gets another distribution centre

Kingfisher is building a new B&Q distribution centre (DC) in Swindon. The new site is aimed at improving efficiencies within the B&Q supply View news...

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According to observations by the FEP, the German DIY stores are reducing their shelf space for parquet.

Except in Germany, the parquet market grows in the first quarter

The overall mood is positive in the European parquet market according to the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP). In the first quarter, View news...

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Issue 2/2018 of the trade journal DIY International has just come out.

Giroldi’s theories and a big regional report Spain in the new journal

"Brands - and I'm talking of supplier brands - will play an increasingly important role in the future." "In ten years at the latest, View news...

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The organisers of the China International Hardware Show are expecting more than 3 000 exhibitors and more than 50 000 visitors.

CIHS in Shanghai will take place two weeks earlier than planned

The China International Hardware Show (CIHS) has been brought forward at short notice by almost two weeks and has also been given a different View news...

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Christian W. E. Haub (53) is now the sole CEO of the retail group Tengelmann.

Christian W. E. Haub is now sole Tengelmann CEO

Obi's parent company, the German retail group Tengelmann, has a new sole CEO. Christian W. E. Haub (53) is the sole member of the management board View news...

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The complete Europe Statistics will be published by Dähne Verlag in July as “Statistics Home Improvement Retail Europe 2018”.

Adeo sets itself apart from the European competition

The distance between the French Groupe Adeo as number 1 among the European DIY store operators and its competition continues to grow. That is View news...

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5th Global DIY Summit 2017



Cromology: from professional painting to art

The 5th Global DIY Summit in Berlin was a first class networking event for the international home improvement industry. Here are the portraits of some of the most important companies that exhibited at the International Congress Exhibition.



Groupe Adeo, format Zôdio
Groupe Adeo, China

Groupe Adeo

French all over the world

Peking, Johannesburg, São Paulo: the French Groupe Adeo moves its international expansion course up a gear. And new innovative store formats are now also playing a role View article...

Garden suppliers

Spoga+Gafa, Weber, Pulse
Weber, Pulse, Smart grilling


Impulsive and festive

With the new Pulse, Weber enters more deeply into the digitalisation theme. However, the focus was also more traditional at the exhibition stand, for example the winter grilling theme View article...

Regional report

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USP, Purchase Channels
USP, DIFM vs. DIY per year
USP, Purchase channel per year

Italy - USP

Different to their neighbours?

Which consumer behaviours shape the Italian home improvement market? Are there differences to other countries? Market research agency USP has got the answers View article...


POS added-value islands, Koelnmesse
Boulevard of Ideas, Spoga+Gafa
Spoga+Gafa 2017, advance press conference, retrospective and preview in 3D
Spoga+Gafa, garden BBQ


Emotion at the fair

Koelnmesse aims to turn the visit of trade representatives to Spoga+Gafa 2017 into an experience. Innovative presentations and trend themes such as smart gardening, battery, outdoor kitchen and plants should help achieve this View article...


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Sales in the Kesko division in the first quarter are 25 per cent below the previous year

Kesko's sales in the building and technical trade decreased by 18.2 per cent in the first quarter, with sales of EUR 903.0 mio in total. Primarily View news...

Husqvarna joins manufacturer of the Tertill weeding robot

Husqvarna takes concrete steps towards automatic weeding. Gardena's Swedish parent company has acquired a 25 per cent share of Franklin Robotics. View news...

Expo F in Panama with a DIY workshop and a conference

America Expo Group, the organisers of the Expo F International Trade Fair for Hardware and Tools in Panama, have announced two programme items for View news...

US hardware retailers score highly

Hardware retailers have achieved high scores in a survey of 10 000 consumers in the USA conducted by Temkin Experience Ratings. Ace Hardware had the View news...

Three per cent growth for Cencosud in home improvement

The Chilean retailer Cencosud racked up sales of CLP 1 333 439 mio (EUR 1.800 bn) last year with its home improvement activities. The figure View news...

Clas Ohlson appoints new CFO

The new chief financial officer at Swedish retail chain Clas Ohlson is to be Pär Christiansen. He will take up his post on 1 July 2018 after moving View news...

Falabella’s DIY stores grew in 2017 except in Colombia

The Chilean retail group Falabella, parent company of the Sodimac DIY stores, recorded sales for its home improvement division of CLP 2 045 241 mio View news...


Home Depot increases online quota to 6.7 per cent

Home Depot now makes 6.7 per cent of its overall sales, amounting to USD 100.9 bn in 2017, from its online business. According to the retailer's View news...



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The unique set of data on the global home improvement trade for your successful marketing and sales, as well as field sales activities. Loose-leaf collection incl. folders and database-CD.
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