“We are working together with the garden sector to prepare ourselves for a new normal in daily life. We are underscoring this shared conviction under the hashtag #gardenbackstronger,” Koelnmesse says. The management of Koelnmesse has issued a further statement to exhibitors and visitors to the Spoga+Gafa show. In the statement, business division director Catja Caspary and Stefan Lohrberg, director of Spoga+Gafa, confirm: “As delighted as we are that most of the comments we’ve been getting from exhibitors and visitors have been confirmatory, we take their concerns very seriously, especially the uncertainty felt by our partners from overseas.” The feedback has encouraged the trade show management team to make the decision to let Spoga+Gafa go ahead on 6-8 September 2020 in Cologne.
An increase in sales of 19.2 % has been reported by the Australian chain of DIY stores Bunnings for the period of January to May 2020 compared to the same period last year. In the first half of financial year 2019/2020 (1 July to 31 December 2019) the sales growth amounted to 5.8 %. In the overall financial year until now, i.e. from July 2019 to the end of May 2020, an increase of 11.3 per cent has accumulated.
Bunnings’ parent company Wesfarmers also believes the effects of Covid-19 are responsible for this growth, as customers continue to spend more time working, learning and relaxing at home.
The German DIY store chain Hornbach has reported a rapid increase in sales from its DIY stores and almost doubled earnings due to the coronavirus crisis. According to initial preliminary results, sales in the first quarter (1 March to 31 May 2020) have grown by 18.4% to EUR 1.492 bn. The operating earnings adjusted for non-operating impacts on earnings (adjusted EBIT) increased by around 90% to around EUR 160m.
The reason for the significant improvement in earnings is essentially the strong sales growth at home and abroad, reports the company. They state that in the course of the coronavirus crisis, customer demand in the stationary and online business has risen significantly since mid-March – also benefited by the pleasant spring weather in 2020.
The largest sales growths were achieved in May 2020 with plus 36 per cent (March 2020: minus 2 per cent; April 2020: plus 17 per cent), after all of the initially up to 64 Hornbach stores which were effected by official sales restrictions were reopened.
Lowe’s Canada has unveiled plans to open a giant distribution centre in the greater Calgary area. The facility, which will be 1.23 million sqft in size, is expected to open in the autumn of 2021 and will represent a total joint investment of more than $120m. The DC will become part of a network supplying more than 470 corporate and affiliated stores under Lowe’s Canada’s different banners. The Lowe’s facility will reportedly be the largest leased DC in Western Canada. Construction is slated to begin this month.
OBI have significantly expanded its board. Having previously consisted of just two people, Sergio Giroldi as CEO and Oliver Geiling (CFO), the new board of the German market leader now has seven members. The new additions are Franz-Peter Tepaß as chief sales officer for Central Europe (Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia), Sebastian Gundel as chief customer officer with responsibility for defining the customer offering, channel management and customer communication (he continues in his role as country director for OBI Austria), Markus Vieler as chief sourcing officer with responsibility for all OBI’s sourcing-related activities (also retaining his post as country director of OBI Poland), Oliver Tackmann as chief IT & logistics officer and Dr Gonn Weide as chief strategy & implementation officer.
EDRA/GHIN has launched a manifesto entitled ‘Rediscovering Your Home in a Pandemic.’ The Manifesto highlights the importance of the home for everyone and the key role the home improvement industry plays in supporting people in creating, improving and, most of all, enjoying their homes. EDRA/GHIN General Secretary John Herbert said, “The role of the home has been redefined by the lockdown; one came to realise just how important our homes are.” He went on to say, “Our DIY retailers are dedicated to supporting people in their home improvement endeavours.”
The full Manifesto can be read here.
The Hardware Forum Italy 2020, the trade fair for the Italian hardware industry, is to take place this year together with the Colorday conference. For this reason, Koelnmesse, who organises the Hardware Forum Italy in Milan, has entered into a partnership with the organisers of Colorday, Radio Colore and Colore & Hobby. The third edition of the conference will be dealing with the topic of “Showroom, the space that gives value to the store”. Participants are retailers and tradesmen, but also architects as well as experts in merchandising, marketing and communication. The Hardware Forum Italy will take place on 22-23 September in hall 3 of Fieramilanocity, Colorday will take place on 22 September.
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The British home improvement retailer has opened two stores under the new Decorate by Homebase brand in Sutton in the South of London and in Cheadle in the greater Manchester area. These smaller format high-street stores are located in former Bathstore shops and provide, according to the retailer, everything customers need under one roof for decorating projects – from the initial planning stages, to the final finishing touches. Damian McGloughlin, CEO of Homebase, said: “We’re always thinking about new store experiences for our customers, to deliver on our vision to make Homebase the go-to place for the inspiration, expertise and products customers need to take their projects from start to finish. We’re extremely excited about this concept. This launch was initially in our plans for March, though we chose to delay opening to ensure we could open our doors safely for customers and our team. We are launching Decorate by Homebase on a trial basis at this stage, but we see potential to roll this out across more high streets in future.”
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Home Depot’s sales rose in the first quarter, but costs related to the pandemic, such as employee bonuses and reduced hours, ate into the retail giant’s earnings. Sales rose 7.1% to USD 28.26 bn, besting estimates of USD 27.54 bn, with same-store sales up 6.4%. Net earnings dropped by 10.7% to USD 2.25 bn, or USD 2.08 per share. Analysts had forecast earnings of USD 2.27 per share.
LIXIL Viva has reported higher sales and lower profits for FY2019 (ended 31 March 2020) with sales of JPY 18.5 bn (+4.2% YoY), operating profit of JPY 10.0 bn (-7.5%), recurring profit of JPY 9.3 bn (-7.1%) and net income of JPY 6.5 bn (-64.2%). It was the second year of the company’s three-year mid-term management plan and the company positioned FY2019 as an upfront investment phase in stores, digitalization and logistics. As a result, sales were 2.3 points below the plan due to voluntary sales-promotion cancellations in February and March 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 infection, but operating profit was 7.6 points above the plan due to an improvement in the gross margin. Comparable store sales were down 1.4%. The company is continuing with its plans to open seven new stores in FY2020.
Source: Diamond Home Center Magazine