DIY stores in the Netherlands closed the third quarter with a 3.5 per cent increase in sales compared to the same period last year. However, there were considerable fluctuations in the individual product groups, according to the GfK DIY Recap published by the trade magazine Mix. Four of the eight product groups recorded increases: construction chemicals and materials (+10.5 per cent), sanitary (+5.8 per cent), garden (+16.8 per cent) and others (+25.3 per cent). On the other hand, there were single-digit percentage declines in the product groups decoration, building elements, electricals as well as hardware and tools.
In relation to the first nine months, all product groups are in the plus. This results in an overall growth of the industry of 13.8 per cent.