CHICAGO – Only one of the four regions managed sales gains last month compared to the previous July, according to the most recent AmericanDrycleaner.com StatShot survey.
The West registered the only July-to-July sales boost, and a minimal one at that, of 0.5%. Month-to-month sales fell by 3.9% in the Midwest, 2.1% in the Northeast and 1.7% in the South.
Nationally, July-to-July sales were down 1.8%.
“Very hot weather and severe competition have caused a drop in sales,” opines an operator from the Midwest. Another adds, “Economy still making our business a challenge. Competition continues to erode pricing.”
From the Northeast: “Taxes, real estate taxes and workmans’ comp is killing us!”
“Sales are soft,” says an operator in the West. “We have had positive (year-to-year) and (month-to-month) growth for the past four years, and in May we went a bit negative for the first time. Same for June and July.”