DIY/gardening sales rise again in September.

After a flat summer, gardening sales are up again, according to GfK.

The DIY/gardening sector also performed strongly in September, up 10.6 per cent month on month, driven by good performance across many of the gardening product categories, according to market analysts GfK.

The total durables market grew month on month for the eleventh consecutive period. September 2014 saw total market value grow 6.1 per cent compared to the same month last year.

DIY/gardening is up 6.8 per cent year to date against 2013.

Online DIY/gardening sales are up 31 per cent for September.

This year began strongly with sales up 11 per cent in January, seven per cent in February, 26 per cent in March and 21 per cent in April.

Sales flattened, with May being down three per cent, June up two per cent, July up one per cent and August the same as in 2013. But September saw an improvement helped by good weather.

Garden Centre Association figures show September was up about eight per cent, and overall sales for the year are up about 7.5 per cent.


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