Recent figures released by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show sales of boilers in the first quarter of 2013 are 7.1% higher than the first quarter of 2012.

Roger Webb, director at HHIC, said: “This is an encouraging sign for the industry and is expected following the recent prolonged cold weather. The figures however remain well below pre-recession sales but we hope that this upward trend is sustained into the coming months.”