Germany: Cologne preparing for 2020 edition of the International Hardware Fair

On 1-4 March 2020 Cologne will once again be the meeting point for the entire international hardware industry.
For four days around 2,800 suppliers from more than 55 countries will present tools, products from the industrial supply, fasteners and fixings, fittings and various other home improvement segments to the international visitors.
The product offering will also be complemented with an extensive and diverse event programme. According to Catja Caspary, Vice President Koelnmesse GmbH, the EISENWARENMESSE “is the optimal meeting point for the buyers and decision-makers of the industry.”
EDRA/GHIN Members who wish to register for complimentary VIP tickets to the EISENWARENMESSE please contact info@edra-ghin.org.
See what is on offer at: www.eisenwarenmesse.com/

Ireland: Screwfix plans for 40 stores

Screwfix Sandyford and Swords in Dublin along with a Waterford store all opened last month, with more stores planned for 2020. As part of Screwfix’s expansion plans, there is the potential for the business to open up to 40 stores over the coming years, creating over 400 employment opportunities in Ireland. The vacancies will be available in a variety of areas such as retail management, service assistants and supervisor roles. Each store will stock 10,000 products, from power tools and work wear to heating and electrical with 24,000 products available to order online and over the phone for delivery and collection from store. Screwfix CEO, John Mewett, said: “We’re extremely excited to be launching Screwfix stores in Ireland to help tradespeople get their jobs done quickly, affordably and on time. The creation of bricks and mortar stores in Ireland is a major milestone for us and a direct result of the increasing demand from Irish tradespeople for our fantastic range of products.”

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Germany: Hornbach almost double-digit Q3 growth overseas

The Hornbach DIY stores outside of Germany grew in the first nine months of financial year 2019/2020 (ending 29 February 2020) significantly more strongly than on their home market. The increase in sales in European countries amounted to 9.5%; in Germany this was 7.5% more than in the comparative period. Like-for-like growth of the international stores at 8.1% also lay one percentage point over that of the Hornbach stores in Germany. Overall, the German DIY retailer made sales of €3.4993 bn in the first three quarters (€1.7821 bn at home, €1.7172 bn abroad) and thus grew by 7.8%.

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Poland: Adeo Group on growth course

A new Leroy Merlin store opened last month in Rzeszow in the Subcarpathian Voivodeship. The new store is located in the prosperous district of Witosa and covers a total sales area of 10,000 sqm. The outlet is divided into 13 specialist departments and offers an assortment of 36,000 products. With the current opening, the French Adeo Group now operates a total of 65 Leroy Merlin stores and nine Bricoman outlets in Poland. In the coming months, two more Leroy Merlin outlets will be launched with locations in Wielicka near Krakow (Lesser Poland Voivodeship) and in Szczecin (West Pomerania). In addition, in December 2019, a store of the small-format Leroy Merlin Urban will be realized in the state capital Warsaw.

 

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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%.

Source: www.diyinternational.com

Slovakia: Hornbach launches fourth store

Hornbach has opened it’s fourth Slovakian store, after two outlets in the capital Bratislava and one in the eastern Slovak Košice. According to the company, over €22m were invested in land, construction and equipment. “Hornbach achieved Group-wide sales growth of 5.3% in the past financial year. The region of Slovakia has an above-average share of this gratifying development,” explained Jaroslav Paděra, regional manager of Hornbach in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. “This encourages us in our commitment in this country, in which we have held in the difficult times of the economic and financial crisis. We are growing organically step by step and are very pleased that we are now expanding our store network with an attractive market here in the northeast of the country.” Currently, Hornbach’s product range in Slovakia comprises more than 120,000 items.

 

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UK: Screwfix opens two new stores in one day

The UK omni-channel retailer Screwfix is ploughing ahead with expansion plans, opening trade counters in both High Wycombe and Northallerton on the same day earlier this month. The two new units join Screwfix’s network of more than 640 stores nationwide and form part of the Kingfisher-owned chain’s plan to have more than 97% of the UK population within a 30-minute drive of one of its stores. The business is set on rapid expansion and, just last month, Screwfix opened four new branches, with three officially opening their doors on the same day on July 18.

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Poland: Leroy Merlin opens 64th store

French DIY retailer Leroy Merlin has opened its 64th Polish store, located in Katowice – Baildon. The new outlet offers a total area of 10,000 sqm with 13 trading departments and over 35,000 products. The main distinguishing feature of the store is the inspirational zone of bathroom and kitchen arrangements and a wide range of garden products. Leroy Merlin, part of the ADEO Group, has nearly 500 stores in 13 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America and has over 88,000 employees.

 

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