Retail association goes it alone

Published:  07 December, 2009

GERMANY: The European DIY Retail Association, administered by the French FMB and the German BHB, became an independent body this week.

The direct European members of EDRA in the future will be Baucenter, Bricoalliance, Byggmax, Epicentrek, Focus, Homebase, Kesko, Kingfisher, Løvenskiold, Maxeda Group, Merkur, OBI, Silvan, Stroy Arsenal, Stroymart, Travis Perkins, and Woodie's DIY.EDRA has members from 18 countries operating in 38 countries.

It has  five trade association members: German BHB, the French FMB, the Spanish ADFB, the Italian Assofermet and the Finnish RaSiry.

The association is to open a lobby office in Brussels to "pursue the interests of the home centre industry in Europe", which, EDRA estimates to be worth approximately 80bn euros.

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