May Day weathermisery as Brits flock to buy electric heaters and dryers

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Sales of heaters and tumble dryers soar says Currys as Brits battle with winteryweather

Forget BBQs in the back garden or sipping wine in the balmy Bank Holiday sun, according to Currys, sales of tumble dryers and heaters – typically purchased during winter months - have soared as Brits attempt to beat the unseasonably cold and wet weather.

Analysis of figures show that Currys– which offers a large range of white goods and home equipment, including washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and electric ovens, both online and in store – has seen an unexpected sales growth during the wettest April on record. Sales over the washed out Bank Holiday weekend alone for tumble dryers were up 115 per cent and for heaters a staggering 886 per cent year-on-year.

Over the last few weeks the UK has experienced unpredictably low temperatures alongside record breaking rainfall at a time when most families are usually preparing for the sunny May Day weekend.

Lara Brittain, Category Manager at Currys, comments: “The miserable wet weather of the last few weeks has changed the spending habits of Brits for this time of year when it comes to electrical goods purchases. We’d usually expect these sorts of sales figures for dryers and heaters in the midst of winter, not at what should be the start of the summer months.”

Looking for ways to keep warm, dryand entertained during this unexpectedly cold, dull and rainy May? The below items are all available to buy nationwide at Currys megastores as well as online at 0844 5616263.

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The CROWN CRH-UF04 Vertical Fan Heater is competitively priced at £9.99. Its small size ensures that it is simple to install in your home, and easy to store away during the summer months. The DELONGHI HC2053T Convector Heater (£49.99) offers a stylish alternative - boasting a powerful heat output of 3kW heat, this unit is perfect for keeping you toasty during the current cold spell.


The HOTPOINT V3D00P Vented Tumble Dryer is available for £179.99, a compact and brilliantly multi-functional dryer perfect for people living within a limited space. The WHITE KNIGHT 38AW Compact Vented Tumble Dryer is a highly affordable alternative. Priced at £129.99, with the ability to dry up to 3kg of washing per load, this appliance is well suited to busy couples.

About Currys and PC World:

Currys and PC World are part of Dixons Retail plc. With over 1,200 stores and online services spanning 28 countries, Dixons is widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s leading specialist electrical retailing groups. Dixons employs over 38,000 people and provides adequate training to ensure their personnel can provide top customer service on products ranging from televisions to dishwashers, computers to washing machines.

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