Germany: Ambiente getting set for 7-11 February 2020 in Frankfurt

Ambiente is gearing up for another successful event next year, taking place on 7-11 February 2020 in Frankfurt.

The show is one of the world’s most important consumer goods trade fairs, boasting a globally unrivalled range of products in the Dining, Giving and Living areas. With the latest design trends and innovations, interest in the fair is increasing as the high number of buyers makes Ambiente attractive to even more exhibitors from around the world.

In 2019, 4,460 exhibitors from 92 countries attended the fair. Ambiente is one of the EDRA/GHIN Recommended Global Trade Fairs.

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Germany: Christmasworld, Creativeworld & Paperworld set for Jan 2020

Messefrankfurt is gearing up for its triple trade fair taking place in January in Frankfurt. Christmasworld, the world’s biggest trend and order platform for the international seasonal and festive decoration sector, will take place on 24-28 January 2020. On 25-28 January Messfrankfurt will also be hosting Paperworld, the international trade fair for stationery, office supplies and writing instruments, and Creativeworld, the world’s largest trade fair for hobby, craft and art supplies uniting the most important manufacturers from all over the world. Christmasworld, Creativeworld & Paperworld are all EDRA/GHIN Recommended Global Trade Fairs.

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Germany: International Hardware Fair preparing for 1-4 March 2020

On 1-4 March 2020 the most important decision-makers, manufacturers and trade visitors from all over the world will meet up in the exhibition halls of Koelnmesse to experience pioneering innovations and the most exciting trends, establish contacts and do the biggest business of the year. In 2018 the biannual International Hardware Fair hosted 2,770 exhibitors from 58 countries and over 47,000 trade visitors from 143 countries. The offer ranges from tools, to fasteners, fixings and fittings, through to industrial and home improvement supplies, over 144,000 sqm of exhibition space. The International Hardware Fair is one of the EDRA/GHIN Recommended Global Trade Fairs.

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Germany: Globus DIY stores continue growth course

The Globus Group grew again in the financial year 2018/19. The DIY sector turned over €1.84 bn in the reporting period. This corresponds to an increase of 2.7% year on year. By expanding its own brand range with camping and leisure items, the 91 DIY stores of Globus (Globus specialist stores) were able to maintain their position in the highly competitive market, the group said. Even in the online shop these ranges delivered strongly increasing sales. At group level, Globus recorded slight revenue growth of 1.5% to around €7.71 bn in the past financial year 2018/19.


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Europe: Hornbach reports 8.7% growth

The 157 Hornbach DIY stores as well as the German group’s online shops in nine European countries have increased their net sales in the first half of the year (ending 31 August 2019) for financial year 2019/2020 by 8.7% to €2.4447 bn. In like-for-like sales net of currency effects, the DIY and garden stores achieved a sales growth of 8.3% in the first six months. The net sales of the domestic Hornbach stores and the German online shop rose in the first half of the year 2019/20 by 7.0% to €1.2558 bn. Like-for-like sales in Germany grew by 7.4%. In the eight countries outside Germany, net sales increased by 10.5% to €1.1889 bn. The foreign portion of sales increased from 47.8% to 48.6%. Like-for-like sales net of currency effects grew in the rest of Europe by 9.2%.


Germany: Hornbach brings dm manager Erich Harsch to the board

On 1 January 2020, Erich Harsch (57) will take over the position of chief executive officer of Hornbach Baumarkt AG following Steffen Hornbach’s retirement. The managing director of the drugstore chain dm is no stranger to Hornbach. He has been on the supervisory board of Hornbach Baumarkt AG since July 2013. He is also a member of the supervisory boards of Hornbach Holding AG & Co. KGaA (since January 2014) and Hornbach Management AG (since October 2015). “We are happy and proud that we were able to recruit Erich Harsch as the new CEO. He is the ideal candidate for us,” says Albrecht Hornbach ceo of Hornbach Management AG. Harsch has profound experience in stationary retail as well as in the digital transformation of the industry. With his track record with the Hornbach Group, the retail expert is familiar with the business model and structures of the listed DIY store group as well as the challenges of the DIY market.


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Germany: DIY stores increase sales in 2018


The German trade association Heimwerken, Bauen und Garten e.V. (BHB) reported at its annual press conference on the major developments in the DIY sector in the DACH region, with sales increasing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The companies of the German DIY store trade are still on course for success in the financial year 2018: With total gross sales of €18.75 bn, the industry was able to achieve sales growth of 1.6% in the past year. Like-for-like sales also saw solid growth at 1.3% in the most challenging weather conditions. The market figures were just announced by the BHB at its annual press conference in Frankfurt. The figures are based on current market figures of the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK).