European DIY sales 'flat' says association boss

DIY sales in Europe are "flat, not growing," says European DIY Retail Association secretary general John Herbert.

John Herbert
John Herbert

He added: "They're at a very high level, so people can't complain. In my years as CEO of Home Depot there was always growth but now there's hardly any growth. But we're at a high level so people can't complain."

He said the UK was doing better than France and Germany though with low inflation and a mature market, Europe-wide sales are "flat".

Herbert said: "People are are buying less than ever but are buying better quality. The trend is for quality. Every company is trying to become a retail brand because of the internet."

He said that meant innovation and differentiation was required more than ever and smaller family-own companies in the garden centre industry were better at this than big corporations because they have less politics.

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