Despite second-quarter downturn

Growth of 8 per cent for Austria’s DIY retailers in the first six

Photo: Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay
Photo: Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay

Austrian home improvement stores increased their gross sales by 8.3 per cent to EUR 1.61 bn in the first half of 2021. Double-digit growth in the first quarter (+35.9 per cent, measured against the comparable period in 2020 with a longer lockdown) was followed by a downturn in the second (-4.2 per cent). The figures were published by the German industry association BHB.
The most successful segments in Austria were the automotive category (+24.1 per cent), timber (+20.7 per cent) and technology/office/entertainment (+17.2 per cent). Paints/coatings (-4.9 per cent) and household goods (-1.0 per cent) declined.
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