The latest results of Catering Insight’s weekly Pulsepoint flash survey show that orders have picked up on both the dealer and supplier sides of the UK catering equipment supply chain.
The sector’s recovery looks to be positive over the previous week, with 100% of dealer respondents reporting between one and five orders, compared to 60% in the same category during the previous period.
Enquiry numbers for dealers were fairly positive too, with 50% recording 6-10, compared to the last week’s 20%. However, the other 50% reported 1-5 enquiries, down on the previous period’s 60%, and no-one reporting 51+ enquiries, compared to the previous week’s 20% of respondents.
Trade for dealers was a wide spread of 25% of respondents reporting in each of the following categories: same, down by 1 to 25%, down by 26 to 50% and down by 51% or more. However, in the previous period the reduction percentage was narrower: 60% of respondents’ trade was cut by between 26-50% and 40% were down by 1-25%.
Over on the supplier side, order numbers were boosted too. 33% recorded 51 or more orders, compared to none in that category last week, while the 11-50 order category response stayed the same, at 33%. This accordingly meant that fewer of those surveyed only reported 1-5 orders, coming in this week at 17% compared to last week’s 67%. The remaining 17% of respondents this week recorded 6-10 orders.
For the enquiries to generate the order interest, the view was fairly rosy. Like last week, 33% of respondents reported more than 51 enquiries. Then 50% recorded 11-50 enquiries, compared to none in that category last week. This therefore meant that no-one reported 6-10 enquiries, down from last week’s 67%, while this week’s remaining 17% recorded 1-5 enquiries, compared to none in that category over the previous period.
Trade levels were fairly positive, with 17% reporting an uplift of 51% or more, as against no-one in that category for the last 2 weeks. The number of firms trading at 1-25% less than the same period as last year remained at 33%, while those down by between 26-50% increased to 50% from last week’s 33%.
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