Screws, dowels or plants – could the articles at Bauhaus, Obi & Co. become more expensive in the near future? Winter is approaching and with it the rising costs for electricity and heating are becoming an increasingly pressing issue. After supermarkets and discounters are already hitting it, hardware stores could also come up with the idea.
After all, they – just like consumers – have to spend more and more money on energy. Are Bauhaus, Obi & Co. now passing these surcharges on to their customers?
Bauhaus, Obi & Co: Customers must expect price increases
“The wave of inflation hasn’t broken yet,” warns Timo Wollmershäuser, head of the economic cycle at the ifo Institute for Economic Research. Not by a long shot… Consumers would have to be prepared for the fact that energy costs in particular could still be a factor. Because the trade would hardly have passed them on to them until now.
According to the Munich Institute’s monthly company survey, price expectations fell only slightly compared to the previous month, from 53.8 to 51.5 percentage points. Consumers will therefore continue to have to reckon with rising prices.
While food retailers are planning “strong price increases”, as the institute reports, it should now also affect DIY stores. According to the survey, they were at a good 85 percentage points.
How will Bauhaus prices develop?
At the request of DER WESTEN, the hardware store chain Bauhaus commented on this. “Like every private household, Bauhaus is confronted with rising costs as a company in the current highly dynamic situation.” A company spokesman cited the rising prices for energy and raw materials as well as higher logistics costs as examples.
“Nevertheless, we are always striving to continue to be able to offer our customers high-quality products at the best prices across the entire range, as usual, despite the current challenging situation.”
However, the spokesman could not name specific figures or possible price developments and did not want to participate in “speculation”. Obi, Toom, Hornbach and Hagebaumarkt have not yet responded to a request. (with afp)