A new report by market analysts Mintel has found that two million people have abandoned DIY over the last two years.
This is reported as being partially caused by the number of people aged 45 – 54 who spend time doing DIY dropping from 30% to only 15%. It also reports that a rise in the popularity of flat-pack furniture and the declining skills amongst young people could be to blame. According to Mintel, people are far more inclined to spend their money on travel and relaxation.
A Mintel spokesman, Neil Mason, said “DIY retailers have been losing share of all retail sales because of the ageing population being less inclined to do DIY, the growth of a do-it-for-me market, and a change in attitudes to the home. There has been a perceptible shift in consumer priorities away from the home and towards leisure – particularly holidays and fashion.”
DIY Doctor wants to share a couple of DIY projects we have found on the web which we wouldn’t recommend doing in your own bathroom!
But we thought it might make you laugh…….
The Office for National Statistics has published statistics on GDP growth, and shows the economy increased by 0.4% in the forth quarter of 2009. This is revised from 0.3 per cent in the previous estimate. GDP in the fourth quarter of 2009 is now 3.1 per cent lower than the fourth quarter of 2008. For the year 2009 as a whole, GDP contracted by 4.9 per cent, compared with growth of 0.5 per cent in the previous year.
David Kern from the British Chambers of Commerce, commented in the Guardian ”These figures are stronger than earlier estimates and better than most analysts’ expectations. It is important to stress that UK growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 was stronger than that of the eurozone. Nevertheless, it is clear that the UK recovery is still frail, vulnerable, and businesses are facing serious pressures.
“From now onwards, the main aim must be to ensure that the modest recovery consolidates and gathers momentum. It is critical for both the government and the monetary policy committee to pursue policies that make it possible for business to invest and export.
“A double-dip recession is still a potential threat that must be avoided at all costs. Given the dangers still facing the economy, policy must remain expansionary. Any consideration of raising interest rates and withdrawing the QE stimulus must be postponed until there is more conclusive evidence that growth is secure.”
I’ve got 5 double sockets, 2 double sockets, a single socket and 2 strip lights to the same switch - what fuses do i need in the consumer unit? Any help please, thankyou.
Can I take the hot supply for the shower from the existing
supply for the hot tap in the shower room?
Say at under floor level?