Publication of the third quarter registration figures this month showed the Kennel Club is still set to maintain or exceed its continued growth of income from registrations. The figures, which will be subject to seasonal adjustments, show a year on year increase up to the end of September 2005 of 10.15%
The half year figures to June, group by group, each showed an increase. Hounds were up by 22.6%, gundog 9.7%, terrier 11.9%, utility 19.6%, working 4.3%, pastoral 2.1% and toys 20.3%.
But the third quarter has shown a slow down in this growth with two groups, gundogs and working having almost the same figures as the same quarter in 2004.
Decreases of -8% and -7% have been recorded in the hound and pastoral groups respectively with slight gains in the terrier, utility and toy groups of +3%, +2% and +4%
The Kennel Club has indicated that the percentage increases are somewhat inflated by phasing issues and therefore the year end figures are not expected to show as great a percentage increase overall. The year end figures are expected to be available in early 2006.
In 2003 ‘Registration activities’ realised income of £5,962,099 for the Kennel Club with registrations showing a 8.6% increase and transfers a 12.9% increase. Last year the rise in income continued to £6,459,684 - the Kennel Club refusing to breakdown the figure as they considered it too commercially sensitive.