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Rainer Strnad

Talk to one another!

"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...
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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...
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Obi

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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In the first quarter, B&Q saw sales fall by 8.8 per cent.

Kingfisher sales down four per cent on same retail area

The first quarter (ended 30 April 2018) for the British Kingfisher Group was characterised by downturns in virtually all distribution channels and View news...

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“We are convinced that these substantial investments in dovetailing our stationary stores and online retail business are not just an option, but rather a necessity to enable us to satisfy customers’ ever more sophisticated expectations in the digital age”, says Albrecht Hornbach, Chief Executive Officer of Hornbach Management AG.

Hornbach makes a significant investment in multichannel

Germany's Hornbach Group is driving forward the digital transformation of its home improvement retail business. In fiscal 2017/18 alone (1 March 2017 View news...

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The 24 locations which had been refitted to the Bunnings brand will be converted back to Homebase stores.

Wesfarmers sells Homebase to Hilco Capital

The Australian Wesfarmers group has sold the British Homebase chain to the investment company Hilco Capital. With this, the Australians are View news...

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France’s DIY stores lag behind overall market

The French home improvement market grew by 1.9 per cent last year to a total volume of EUR 26.0 bn. The performance of the DIY stores was below View news...

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Marvin R. Ellison will be the new president and CEO of Lowe's.

Marvin Ellison to be new boss of Lowe‘s

The new head of Lowe's, the world's second-biggest home improvement chain, is Marvin R. Ellison. He has been named president and CEO with effect from View news...

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The first South American Ikea store is expected to open in Santiago de Chile at the end of 2020.

Sodimac parent company Falabella brings Ikea to South America

The Chilean retail group Falabella, which operates in the home improvement sector through its subsidiary Sodimac, is bringing Ikea to South America. View news...

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Praktiker Poland has vanished from the market

Praktiker Poland is no more. The five stores remaining have been liquidated with their stock, as reported in the Polish newspaper Puls Biznesu and View news...

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Clas Ohlson increased its sales in fiscal 2017/2018 by 3 per cent.

Clas Ohlson grew by three per cent in fiscal 2017/2018

The Swedish retail chain Clas Ohlson increased its sales in fiscal 2017/2018 (ended 30 April 2018) by 3 per cent to SEK 8.211 bn (EUR 800.1 mio). In View news...

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5th Global DIY Summit 2017

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V33 group: improved partnership

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.

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Study E-Commerce

Still shopping on the high street

However, French DIY enthusiasts look online first before they make a purchase. An extensive study released by the French DIY retail association FMB clarifies the roles played by online and offline from the customer’s viewpoint View article...

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Bosch, Divisional Director Henning von Boxberg (r.),  Managing Director Henk Becker

Bosch

Autumn cut with an eBike

And lawnmower with vacuum cleaner technology: Bosch uses its know-how from other company divisions for its garden equipment View article...

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America’s top three: Lowe’s 
America’s top three: Menards
America’s top three: Home Depot

USA - The big three

The big three

Home Depot, Lowe’s und Menards dominate America’s home centre category View article...

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International Hardware Fair, European trade press conference, J. Wolfgang Kirchhoff, Katharina C. Hamma, Sarah Becker-Kraft
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International Hardware Fair

The fair is digitalised

The International Hardware Fair is almost fully booked. But Amazon and Co. are characterising events at the Cologne trade fair more and more View article...

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New special exhibition areas for garden furniture and IVG Power Place Green

For the first time at the upcoming Spoga+Gafa there will be an internationally curated trend show for the garden furniture segment with several View news...

The Tag des Gartens has been axed

The Tag des Gartens will not take place this year. After three events, Koelnmesse is dumping this consumer garden fair which usually took place on View news...

The French garden market grew again in 2017

After a bad previous year, the garden market grew again in France in 2017. Total sales increased by 1.8 per cent after they still sank by 0.2 per View news...

Home Depot raises volume

The Home Depot is reporting sales of $24.9 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, a 4.4 percent increase from the first quarter of fiscal View news...

Arabesque relies on its retail brand Mathaus

The Romanian materials supplier Arabesque strengthens its retail brand Mathaus and its nationwide online activities. It has removed its previous View news...

Lagerhaus stores make five percent more sales in 2017

The Lagerhaus DIY and garden stores in the Austrian cooperative group RWA Raiffeisen Ware Austria achieved a significant increase in sales in 2017. View news...

Several prospective buyers for Homebase and Bunnings UK

There are reported to be several prospective buyers for Homebase. The ailing British chain of DIY stores has belonged to Bunnings for two years and View news...

More Interzoo visitors from abroad

According to the provisional closing report, around 39 000 trade visitors from over 125 countries visited Interzoo between 8 and 11 May. This roughly 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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