Irish flooring industry faces end of year difficulties
The Irish flooring industry was one of the hardest hit sectors in the run up to the Christmas period with constantly low sales figures causing a difficult time for businesses.
Despite a boost for the economy as the festive season approached the Irish retail sales were still down during the last three months of 2011.
Flooring was singled out along with jewellery as the industries which suffered the most from a decline in sales figures.
November is often one of the busiest months for companies in the floor sector so the fact that sales remained low is likely to be a substantial blow for Irish firms.
Some flooring companies were delighted to post sales figures with huge growth on previous years’ figures in the final three months of last year.
December can be a quiet month in some sectors as consumers spend money on gifts and items for Christmas so often good sales figures leading up to this are essential.
Although the surge in sales figures in December did not affect the flooring industry it is a small positive for the Irish economy in general, which will need to improve before flooring firms are likely to see large improvements.