Unfortunately, the percentage of collision repair shops reporting lower sales also increased. CollisionWeek’s shop size weighted sales decline increased on severe weather impacts to production.
A larger percentage of collision repair facility operators responding to the most recent Collision Repair Business Conditions survey covering February reported that sales were up, but the projection of overall sales continued to decline. The shop-size weighted sales comparison to last year declined for the month as the effect of severe winter weather and widespread power outages in the south impacted production.
Respondents to our preliminary survey in mid-February had indicated that sales declines were