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It’sbeendifficultfindinggoodnewsrecently.
Summer never happened and sales
Wintershutdowncanbecostly–
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havesufferedforalmosteveryone. sogetitright 34
Eveninthemostbuoyantofmarketsin
£1.1mHighworthcommunitypool
France, growth has slowed down for the
hasahappyending 42
firsttimein10years.IntheUSonereport
estimateshottubsalesdown40%.
Industrycallsforcommonsenseapproach
Outgoing British Pool and Spa
onchemicals 48
Federation President Jamie Adams told Watertesting–“wehavetodoitbetter
the Oxford conference earlier this month
andmoreoften” 53
“To quote one SPATA member it made
eachsalefeellike‘avictory’.
Meetingofmindscallonindustry
BISHTAChairmanLeoReynoldssaidthat
consumerPR 56
100hottubsbrandswerenowfightingfor
Saunaandsteammarket–
betweensalesof7,000and10,000. salesbuckthetrend 64
IntheUKthemarkethasbeenhitbyprice
Conqueringcondensation–allyearround 70
64
increasesandAugustsawthetradestartto
getupsetaboutthosesteeperprices.
AstralPool UK’s Managing Director
Features
Robin Norriss feels price increases were
Abarnconversionwithadifference 50
unavoidablebutthattheindustryneedsto
Biomasspoolprovesitsvalue
pull together rather than adopt a knee
jerkreaction.
insavingmoney 62
“The majority of our products are
CountdowntoSPATEX09–
manufacturedandsourcedfromEuropeand backtobasicsprogrammeannounced 74
thefactthatwearenowpayingatleast20%
Piscine2008preview–
morefortheseproductscannotbeignored.
“What we really must avoid is any kind
canitkickstartsuccessin2009? 76
of panic buying of untried products from
Europe’s sales figures are on the slide 80
marketssuchasChina.
NewUVrulesinFrancesparkcall
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“Itispointlesstobringinacontainerfull forUKresearch 82
of cheap equipment, some of which will
OlympicswimstarRebecca
inevitably fail, and then have no service
backuporavailablespares.Thiswouldbe
hasapoolnamedafterher 96
far more damaging to the market long
termthananypriceincrease.“ Regulars
“We should all try and accept the
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situation forwhatitisandrememberthat
qualityandservicecomesfirst.”
Newproducts 86
The quality/service message and the
Worldnews 88
BSPFbelieftheyaremakingrealprogress
on long term strategies could take away
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