Austria’s DIY stores gain 17.5 per cent


In Austria, DIY stores made sales of around EUR 810 mio in the third quarter and thus 17.5 per cent more than in the same period last year. This was 16.6 per cent more on a like-for-like basis. These figures have been published by the German industry association BHB. The country was much more severely affected by the lockdown in spring than its neighbouring countries; in the first quarter there was a drop in sales of 10.8 per cent. After nine months, thanks to double-digit growth rates in the second and third quarters, there was a plus of 11.4 per cent, 10.2 per cent over a comparable surface area, with overall sales of EUR 2.3 bn. Among the product groups, the largest jump in sales was recorded by paints/painting supplies (plus 22.1 per cent). This was followed by furniture (21.6 per cent), tools/hand tools (20.9 per cent), garden accessories (19.7 per cent) and wood (18.5 per cent). It is noticeable that the garden furniture assortment collapsed at 16.1 per cent. Likewise, in minus figures (minimally) were products in the technology/office/entertainment assortment with a decline of 0.9 per cent.