PULSEPOINT: Equipment supplier recovery stalls

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The latest results from Catering Insight’s Pulsepoint weekly catering equipment industry survey point towards a possible levelling off in the sector’s recovery.

In the week commencing 3 August, supplier respondents recorded a slowing rate of comparable trade.

Whereas in previous weeks, some survey participants said that their trade had increased in comparison to the same week in the previous year, the latest results saw no-one reporting growing trade levels.

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Instead, a third of supplier respondents said trade was the same as the previous year, with another third detailing it had reduced by up to 25%. A little more positively, a third recorded a reduction of between 26 and 50%, down from 75% of respondents last week.

A similarly mixed picture was recorded in the numbers of enquiries and orders. 67% of suppliers reported 6-10 enquiries last week, up from 25% in the previous week’s results, but no-one fell into the 11-50 enquiries category this week.

However, the other 33% of respondents reported more than 51 enquiries, up from 25% in the same classification last week.

Orders were more subdued, with two thirds of supplier participants reporting 1-5 orders, whereas last week, all respondents outlined they received more than 6 orders. The other third of this week’s supplier order numbers were in the 11-50 category though, a little higher than the 25% reporting in that category last week.

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