International DIY retail chains operating in Romania include Praktiker, Leroy Merlin, Hornbach and Kingfisher, while the domestic players are represented by Dedeman and Arabesque.
Notable events in the Romanian DIY market in 2016 are:
- opening of new stores: Dedeman (three stores, after other two in 2015), Arabesque (one store)
- completed transformation process of bauMax stores into Leroy Merlin stores
- start of reshaping process of Praktiker stores
- launch of Praktiker online store
In 2016, Romanian imports of furniture increased with some 7-8% against a purchasing power growth of 12% and building sector development of over 10%.
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