Sales of new UK boats buoyed by a weak pound

UK boating industry buoyed by weak pound  Sales of new UK boats buoyed by a weak pound

The UK’s boat & yacht industry saw revenues surge to their highest level since 2008 after the weaker pound helped drive up sales.

Sales rose by 3.4% to £3.1bn in the year to April 2017, according to a report by British Marine.

It said that the depreciation of the pound since the EU referendum had boosted the sector by making products cheaper for international buyers.  Overseas sales for UK marine manufacturers rose by 4.7% last year.

It’s the 6th consecutive year of growth for the industry, British Marine said.

“These impressive figures demonstrate how the industry has successfully cashed in on the pound’s devaluation since the Brexit referendum in 2016,” Howard Pridding, chief executive of British Marine told B2B.

Staycation boost

Revenues last reached £3.1bn in 2008-09 as recession gripped the world’s major economies.

The fall in the value of the pound has also helped the domestic market as holiday-makers decided to stay in the UK.

Examining the trends over the second half of last year British Marine said 60% of the industry’s tourism specialists reported an increase in sales over the summer.

Mr Pridding said: “As the pound has dipped, many Brits have rekindled their love for barges, yachting, watersports holidays and canal cruises in and around the UK.”

The figures were released as part of the opening of the five-day London Boat Show which runs until 14 January.

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