Rainer Strnad

The empires strike back

"They were once the ones that emerged as a new, disruptive retail format, calling traditional retail structures into question. The DIY retailers have...View comment...

Paint - Major European markets

Common suffering

In the major markets of Europe – Germany, France and Great Britain – sales in coating agents are declining ... View article...

Coop Bau + Hobby

An upmarket ambience

It’s called upgrading: in its extended and modernised store in Sissach, Coop Bau + Hobby is trialling the new concepts with which the Swiss market leader... View article...
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Omer Susli is the former owner of the Praktiker stores in Romania.

New chain Homelux on the starting lines in Romania

In Romania the market launch of a new home improvement trader is pending. The new chain is called Homelux. Behind it is Omer Susli from Turkey who View news...

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Byggmax Group is transforming Skånska Byggvaror  to a "garden living" assortment.

Byggmax laments sales downturn due to hot summer

A marked downturn in sales has been reported by the Swedish Byggmax Group for the third quarter. Compared with the previous year, net sales from July View news...

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Leroy Merlin's first big box store in South Africa is located in Johannesburg. Photo: Leroy Merlin South Africa, Facebook

Leroy Merlin opens first store in South Africa

Leroy Merlin has opened its first DIY store in South Africa, in the north-east of Johannesburg. The indoor sales floor covers 8 600 m², while a View news...

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According to the organisers, almost every single member of the Garden Centre Association was present at Glee along with supermarkets, DIY giants and leading high street stores.

More positive response from the industry to Glee

More 'big players' than ever before attended this year's Glee show at the start of September in Birmingham (Great Britain). Almost every single View news...

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Around 70 exhibitors from Belgium will show their products at IPM Essen.

Belgium is the partner country of IPM Essen 2019

From January 22 to 25, 2019, the role as partner country of the international plant fair IPM Essen (Germany) will be bestowed on Belgium as an View news...

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From May to September, Clas Ohlson's sales amounted to SEK 3.360 bn.

New stores boost Clas Ohlson sales by nine per cent

The Swedish hardware store chain Clas Ohlson has reported a sales increase for September of six per cent compared with September last year, although View news...

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Kesko up in third quarter

Despite a slight dip in September, Kesko's building and technical trade ended the third quarter with sales up by 1.4 per cent. In the three months View news...

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The network of Sears stores has contracted significantly in recent years.

Sears files for insolvency and closes more stores

American department store chain Sears has filed for insolvency (Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code) and is closing more stores. The group is also View news...

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6th Global DIY Summit 2018

Einhell, Power X-Change range


Einhell at the Global DIY Summit

More than 1 100 participants came to the 6th Global DIY Summit in Barcelona. Here are the portraits of some of the most important companies that exhibited at the International Congress Exhibition.



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Ledvance, Light + Building


Sleek design

At Light + Building, Ledvance showcased numerous additions to its LED luminaires portfolio for indoors and outdoors View article...

Regional report

Spain, general economic data
Spain, DIY store density
Spain, economic data and DIY stores
Spain, regions and DIY stores
Bricor, El Corte Inglés
Brico Dépôt, Kingfisher Group
Bauhaus, Spain

Spain - Home improvement retailers

What the figures tell us

The Spanish regions, the so-called ciudades autónomas, provide a pretty patchy picture of the country as a whole. This is also true of the presence of home improvement retailers, so it’s worth taking a closer look View article...


IAW, twice a year
IAW, tools


A broad spectrum

The International Trade Fair for Retail Promotions and Imports – IAW in Cologne is seen as a barometer for the industry. Hardware and garden articles also have their place here View article...


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Ignacio Sánchez heads both Leroy Merlin Spain as well as Akí

As further step towards the announced merger of Leroy Merlin España and the Spanish chain Akí at the start of 2019, there will be organisational and View news...

Expo F in Panama will start two months earlier in 2019

The Expo F 2018, International Trade Fair for Hardware & Tools, attracted 2 524 visitors. The second edition of the trade fair took place from 20 View news...

At least 4 per cent plus for Romania’s DIY trade

The Romanian DIY trade will reach the EUR 3 bn mark in 2018. This estimation was given by Frédéric Lamy in an exclusive interview with the Romanian View news...

Asia-Pacific Sourcing and IAW one day earlier due to Carnival

Asia-Pacific Sourcing 2019 will be brought forward one day in order to avoid a clash with the Cologne Carnival. The trade fair will now take place View news...

Bricorama closes its stores in Spain

The French DIY store chain Bricorama is withdrawing from Spain. That is according to reports from the French and Spanish industry services LSA and View news...

Leroy Merlin Romania to open an online shop in 2020

In the coming year, Leroy Merlin Romania will test a click & collect service in its own stores and will have an online shop including home View news...

Jardiland now part of Invivo Retail

Ten months after it was announced, the acquisition of the French garden centre chain Jardiland by the cooperative Invivo Group has now been View news...

New head of marketing at Leroy Merlin Romania

Leroy Merlin Romania has appointed Andreea Mihai as head of marketing and e-commerce. Until November 2017, she was director of marketing & View news...



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