StatShot: Northeast Notches Biggest Drycleaning Gains in March, First Quarter

Bruce Beggs |

Enjoyed largest year-over-year sales increase for month: 6.9%

CHICAGO — Spring is blooming, and so did drycleaning sales across the country in March, according to the results of this month’s American Drycleaner StatShot survey.

Cleaners in the Northeast enjoyed the biggest year-over-year increase in March, up 6.9% on average when compared to March 2014 sales.

The West and the Midwest each saw 3.3% increases in March sales when compared to those of March 2014.

Sales during March were nearly flat in the South, where cleaners registered an average year-over-year increase of 0.3% in comparison to the previous year.

When examining first-quarter sales figures, the Northeast was also the leader. Sales during the January-through-March period were up an average of 5.4% compared to first-quarter 2014, results show.

First-quarter sales were up an average of 3.8% in the Midwest, 3.5% in the West.

The South was the only region in the red, posting a 0.9% drop in first-quarter sales compared to first-quarter 2014.

The StatShot surveys the drycleaning trade audience each month on a variety of financial issues. While the survey presents a snapshot of market performance, it should not be considered scientific.

American Drycleaner audience members are invited via e-mail to participate anonymously in the surveys, which are conducted online via a partner website. All dry cleaners are encouraged to participate, as a greater number of responses will help to better define industry trends.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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