Import volumes of French stone fruit have crashed by 36% this year, new figures from industry body Interfel show.

In the period from April to August, sales of imported apricots, peaches and nectarines from France crashed 25% to £15.8m. A spokeswoman for French marketing body Sopexa admitted the figures were poor, but insisted they were no worse than anywhere else in Europe.

"Everybody in Europe has had product affected this year," she said. "We had such a mild 06/07 winter with rain that damaged the crop. Then, people didn't want to buy summer fruit because they felt like it was the middle of winter."