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European DIY Retail Association
Global Home Improvement Network

Current Affairs in the Home Improvement Industry
30 November 2022 ā—¸ Issue 436


UK: Kingfisher Maintains Total Sales and is Well Ahead of 2019. 

Kingfisher reported third-quarter sales (three months ending 31 October 2022) of GBP 3.263 bn (EUR 3.797 billion). This equates to an increase of 0.6 per cent on the same period last year. In constant currency, sales grew by 1.7 per cent, and by 0.2 per cent in like-for-like terms. Compared with the (pre-pandemic) level of three years ago, adjusted sales grew by 15.3 per cent.

The results in the individual countries and sales divisions are quite different. The main British sales division B&Q, for example, posted an adjusted turnover of 3.5 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, while the Screwfix sales division, which is used to success, posted an adjusted minus of 0.5 per cent despite nominal growth of 4.8 per cent.

In France, sales were down by 1.2 per cent, but the group achieved an increase of 0.5 per cent adjusted for currency and retail area.

Among the other countries, Poland stood out with an adjusted sales increase of 7.6 per cent. Spain and Portugal (plus 3.4 per cent) and Romania (plus 4.2 per cent) also saw clear sales gains.

In his commentary on the quarterly figures, CEO Thierry Garnier spoke of "continued market share growth, including strong gains at Screwfix, TradePoint and Castorama Poland".



South America: Sodimac Sales Down 12 per cent in Third Quarter. 

Sodimac, the home improvement division of Chilean retail group Falabella, turned over USD 1.024 bn (EUR 990 mio) in the third quarter, 11.9 per cent less than in the same period last year.

The biggest quarter-on-quarter decline was in Chile, where sales fell by 20.4 per cent to USD 677 mio (EUR 655 mio). In Colombia, on the other hand, sales increased by 16.4 per cent to USD 332 mio (EUR 321 mio, up by 9.9 per cent in local currency), while sales in Peru rose by 8.9 per cent to USD 227 mio  (EUR 219 mio, -12.8 per cent in local currency).

The company also reported figures for Brazil (up 9.7 per cent to USD 77 mio/EUR 74 mio, locally -8.3 per cent) and Argentina (up 27.9 per cent to USD 43 mio/EUR 42 mio, locally 114.1 per cent).

Sales in Uruguay and Mexico are not reported, and the figures from Colombia are not included in the total sales.



Sweden: Byggmax Launches New Concept Byggmax Studio. 

In November, Byggmax Studio was launched - a new concept from Byggmax which focuses on surface layer renovation of walls and floors indoors, with extra focus on tiles and clinker. 

The first store opened in Tornby Handelsområde in Linköping and offers customers an inspiring store environment, low prices and the opportunity for advice and service throughout the project.

Here, customers can look forward to a wide range of tiles with showrooms, stylish tiles and low prices. With attractive store locations in commercial areas and even more fast delivery methods for those who want to shop online, it will now be even easier for customers to renovate on their own.

"With a new and inspiring store environment, the opportunity to get service and advice in store - combined with the lowest prices on the market - we hope that more people will be inspired and dare to take the step to renovate on their own." said Mattias Ankarberg, CEO of Byggmax.



USA: Ace Retailers Increase same-store Sales by 5.8 per cent.

Ace Hardware reported record third quarter 2022 revenues of USD 2.2 bn, an increase of 10.0 per cent compared with the third quarter of 2021. The approximately 3,600 Ace retailers who share daily sales data reported a 5.8 per cent increase in US retail same-store sales during the third quarter of 2022.

Estimated retail inflation of 11.2 per cent helped drive the 9.5 per cent increase in average ticket, the company states. Same-store transactions were down 3.4 per cent.

Total retail revenues for the quarter were USD 193.4 mio, an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to the prior year third quarter. Retail revenues from Ace Retail Holdings were USD 192.1 mio in the third quarter of 2022, an increase of 3.8 per cent.

This increase was primarily the result of the inflation driven same-store sales increase of 3.7 per cent at Westlake Ace Hardware and the new stores added by Westlake and Great Lakes Ace Hardware since the third quarter of 2021. These two companies together operated 216 stores at the end of the third quarter of 2022 compared to 209 stores at the end of the third quarter of 2021.



Recommedned Global Trade Fair: IPM Essen - GREEN, GREAT, GORGEOUS!

From 24 till 27 January 2023, IPM Essen - the world's leading trade fair for horticulture - will be the meeting place for the green sector.

Here, exhibitors from all over the world present their innovative products and services in the fields of plants, technology, floristry and garden features.

"We are tackling the challenges of the industry together. The best opportunity for this is the next IPM ESSEN. At the beginning of the year, it will be the trend-setting platform for the green sector, where our topics will be discussed expansively and innovations will be presented", says Eva Kähler-Theuerkauf, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board and President of the North Rhine-Westphalia Horticultural Association.

With 1,538 exhibitors from 45 countries, no other fair offers so much plant diversity and so many plant innovations. Climate change and sustainability are the defining themes here.



Germany: Globus Breaks the Two Billion Euro mark

Globus Baumarkt broke the two billion euro mark for the first time in the past financial year. As the Globus Group announced yesterday, the 90 DIY stores generated sales of EUR 2.04 billion (+ 9.5 percent) from July 2021 to June 2022. At the same time, Globus DIY stores are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.

According to its own statement, the company recently invested around 50 million euros in modernization measures at the existing DIY store locations. In addition to the expansion of online business, this also includes digital modernization measures in the stores, such as Click & Collect, mail order stations, self-scanning checkouts, gas bottle exchange machines and digital price tags.

"We are really proud of the history and development of DIY stores to today's successful multichannel provider," said Matthias Bruch, CEO of the Globus Group, appreciating the role of DIY stores in the company. "Erich Huwer shaped the division and three years ago handed over the management to his son Timo Huwer, who, together with his team, runs Globus Baumarkt in a very dynamic and customer-oriented manner, with a keen eye on the requirements and opportunities that our time offers."



Recommedned Global Trade Fair: Heimtextil 2023 – Wow your senses!

Heimtextil, the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, will bring together the global home textiles industry in Frankfurt am Main from 10 to 13 January 2023.
With its focus themes of Sustainability in the textile industry as well as Interior.Architecture.Hospitality, the range of products for interior designers and hospitality experts, the leading trade fair reflects far-reaching market changes. Above all, however, it is the most important trend and networking platform for textile materials and textile design.

As part of a multifaceted event program, Heimtextil provides first-class information on current market developments in the world of textile design. In addition to numerous lectures, visitors can also expect guided tours of the fair on special themes, awards ceremonies and spectacular showcases. The highlight is the "Trend Space", Heimtextil's epicenter for trends, design and lifestyle. 

You too will be inspired by this wealth of topics. You can find out more about these and many other highlights of Heimtextil 2023 at



Germany: Einhell Partners with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team.

As of 1 January 2023, Einhell will become the new partner of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team and will support it as an "Official Tool Expert" at the highest level of motorsport. A partnership that marks the union of two strong international brands with high technological content.

“Our success stems above all from our team spirit, our dynamism and a clear and bold goal. As visionaries in the DIY industry, we think big. That is why the partnership with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team is the strategic next step for us towards our goal of becoming an international market and technology leader for cordless tools for the home and garden,” says Andreas Kroiss, CEO of Einhell Germany AG.



Spain: BigMat Expands its Presence in Catalonia. 

BigMat has announced the opening of a new renovated establishment, located in the Lleida town of Tįrrega , which joins the Cervera and Bellpuig centers, which already operated in the same region under this banner.

This renovated BigMat Cama store, owned by the family of the same name, has a  total surface area of
ā€‹ā€‹11,500 square meters  (including the different exhibition areas, offices and outdoor areas) and has involved an investment of  3.85 million euros.

As explained from BigMat, the group is developing a growth plan that includes acquisitions such as the recent ones of La Plataforma de la Construcción and Almacenes Cįmara or associations such as the one started this year in the Canary Islands together with local partners.










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