Well, Monday's attendance at Totally DIY felt considerably better than Sunday.
At times there was a discernible buzz in the hall. And at mid-day on Tuesday (when historically the show would have reached its dying-down phase), it was busier than at any time in the previous two days - and visitors were still coming in. What are we to make of this late surge? Visitors who hadn't been able to get there on Sunday, arriving later than planned? Possibly. But my money's on the alternative explanation: that mid-week is the quiet time for retailers now, and the time when they are able to take time out to go to shows. Clearly the organisers of Totally DIY are going be having some tough discussions about where the show goes from here - for what it's worth, my view is that mid-week opening must be a part of any development/recovery plan.
7 February 2012 | 14:48 |