UK Industry Figures: Second quarter surge

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“Some interesting and positive data on Q2, particularly high growth on Public Sales,” was a slight under-statement from Tony Grant-Salmon, BHAMA Honorary Secretary about the latest manufacturer sales from BHAMA members.

Following a sluggish start to sales in January to March 2013, the second quarter sales figures have exploded. Sales to the NHS increased by a staggering 41.3% during April, May and June 2013 compared to 12 months previously. For the first time sales smashed through the 300,000 mark, reaching an amazing 348,251 units sold to hospitals.

The private sector also had a positive quarter, with sales increasing by 6.3% over the previous year, made up of an 8% increase in BTEs and a 4% increase in ITEs. RIC sales continue to increase, with more than 26,000 sold between April and June.

Total sales from manufacturers reached 405,043 for the quarter, an increase of 35% on the previous year.

At the half year point, Private sales up by 2.8% and Public by 23.2% with RIC up 12.1% and now 46% of sales.Sales of hearing instruments to hospitals during January, February and March increased by 5.9%, with 271,577 instruments purchased from manufacturers. The previous year had seen an impressive 24.8% increase. Total sales from manufacturers hit 326,624 for the quarter, an increase of 4.8% on the previous year.

Figures are compiled by the British Hearing Aid Manufacturers Association.

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