Spending slumps as DIY goes out of style

SPENDING on DIY equipment in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2000, figures revealed yesterday, after squeezed consumers downed tools and put off household improvements for the fifth year in a row. UK households spent a total of £10.5bn – or £400 per household – on DIY and improvements in 2012, well below the peak of £15.5bn seen in 2004.