PERFORMANCE OF THE SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2012

(ADFB source).- Sales “like for like” DIY in Europe have been decreased in the 1st quarter of 2012 as a result of bad weather recorded, throughout the month of April, and the crisis situation affecting the distribution by the lack of confidence when it comes to consuming clients.

Norway, Russia, Lithuania and Estonia are the countries that are beyond a trend of flat growth or decrease in sales with a higher growth to the 10% respect to 2011. On opposite side of Ireland or Spain are placed with falls of a 12% and 9% respectively.

Other countries have similar to their respective economies. Germany grows a 2%, France 1%, Finland 3,2%. While UK drops a 7% or Switzerland a 4%.

During the 2nd Home Improvement Forum held in Paris, a 26% voices of participants that their companies will grow more than one 6% during 2012, so despite the current figures expectations are positive and a recovery of the European market is expected.

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