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Kingfisher in talks to buy French DIY chain, Mr Bricolage

Kingfisher in talks to buy French DIY chain, Mr Bricolage

Kingfisher in talks to buy French DIY chain, Mr Bricolage Kingfisher, Europe’s No. 1 home improvement retailer, has launched a 275 million euros (227 million pounds) takeover bid for France’s Mr Bricolage, moving to strengthen its position in its most profitable market. The firm, which runs market leader B&Q in Britain and already trades as …

April 3, 2014
Ambiente 2014: Once again fully occupied by the extraordinary global consumer-goods fair

Ambiente 2014: Once again fully occupied by the extraordinary global consumer-goods fair

Ambiente 2014: Once again fully occupied by the extraordinary global consumer-goods fair Trends, events and award ceremonies – unrivalled added value for all visitors The Ambiente success story continues: the world’s most important consumer-goods fair is once again set to occupy the whole of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre with more than 4,700 exhibitors from …

November 5, 2013
Not all doom & gloom in DIY!

Not all doom & gloom in DIY!

The 2012 European Home Improvement Forum (May 31st) opened with a welcome by Ralf Rahmede (General Manager of Fediyma) and John W Herbert ( General Secretary of EDRA) who confirmed that there were 481 participants in the forum from 24 countries, with no less than 90 CEO’s present. 63% of attendees were suppliers, 22% retailers, …

June 14, 2012
Euro area retail sales

Euro area retail sales

Euro area retail sales declined 1.6% in December. Sales for the European Union as a whole just about grew with a 0.1% increase. Simon Chinn, Lead Consultant at Conlumino, comments: “As we expected, retail sales for December were down on last year as the ongoing debt crisis and uncertainties for the year ahead dampened consumer …

February 4, 2012
BHETA backs EEC grants for new product development

BHETA backs EEC grants for new product development

According to The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), there are ‘literally millions of Euros’ available to UK innovators with ideas. Following a successful bid for funding through working with research institute, PERA, BHETA invited Ian Claris, Director of Project Delivery for PERA to explain how EEC funding works to BHETA members attending the first …

April 28, 2011
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