More than half of UK catering equipment distributors belonging to trade body CEDA have indicated they are on track to record improved annual sales versus last year.
56% of dealers claimed that year-to-date sales for 2013 were better than 2012, while 65% noted that business had picked up since July.
CEDA said the figures, taken from its October quarterly confidence survey, make “encouraging reading for the sector”.
The response gives a strong flavour of current dealer sentiment as the vast majority of catering equipment sold in the UK is supplied and supported by CEDA members.
Jack Sharkey, CEDA chairman, said he hoped the current optimism would see the distributor market hit the ground running come the start of 2014.
“We are seeing our members report a consistent upward trend in sales which is very encouraging given the tough times the global economy and the UK economy have suffered right through to the start of 2013,” he said.
“The majority of our members, over 55%, are saying that business from the public sector remains the same and that’s to be expected considering the tightening of public sector purse strings in the UK, plus the time it takes for that to impact. We do feel it will improve in 2014. What is fantastic is the continued growth in business from the restaurant sector with branded restaurants doing very well.”
CEDA has more than 80 members within its ranks and revealed earlier this month that a further seven distributors had joined the association. They are Catersure, Dawson Design Projects, Holmes Catering Equipment, Joynsons, Swift Maintenance Services, Tailor Made Catering Equipment Services and Arthur Walton.