Outdoor leisure up 25 per cent this season says Solex organiser

Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association (LOFA) chairman Paul Bevington says the sector is up 25 per cent this season.

Paul Bevington
Paul Bevington

Speaking at the LOFA-organised Solex show at the NEC Birmingham, Kettler managing director Bevington said a "terrific" season and show had led to "bouyancy" in the trade.

But he warned that consolidation in the garden centre sector had led to fewer show visitors and greater competition among suppliers, some of who had product shortages this year.

Bevington said 2016 orders were up because retailers were worried they might be short of product next season.

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