Jan '16

The outlook for 2016 is positive says the national trade association, Kbsa. The association predicts that the year will start well with full order books for the first three months for many members.

“Evidence from our members suggest that 2015 was a good year, better than 2014 with increasing levels of confidence,” says national chair Tina Riley. “ This has continued into the first quarter of 2016 with brisk business already confirmed until March.

“Last year ended well even though we did not see the explosion of money coming into home improvements predicted from the changes in pensions legislation. Consumer spending remained steady despite the overall mood of austerity and we anticipate that we will see a similar pattern this year.

“The Grey pound will remain strong and independent retailers that offer service and quality are likely to remain the favoured choice for buyers in this age bracket.”

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