Overall sales at Dobbies were up 70 per cent over the holiday period. Like-for-like sales increased by 20 per cent based on last year’s May Day weekend.
Easter Monday delivered a 64 per cent like-for like sales increase on Easter Monday last year, driven by plants, gardening tools and equipment, as well as outdoor living items such as barbeques and garden furniture.
Dobbies chief executive James Barnes said:
"It’s the best start to the gardening season that our country has ever witnessed. Our sales certainly point to an exceptional number of people enjoying a warm week in their gardens. We’ve been fortunate to experience the warmest April since records began and the extended time off work has prompted people to get into the garden – either by having garden parties, spending time relaxing or sprucing up their outdoor space by carrying out mini-projects.
"We experienced record-breaking weeks in a number of areas with strongest demand for bedding plants and flowers which can be planted easily in hanging baskets and containers – a simple task to add a splash of colour to your home. People also used the opportunity this week to grow-their-own fruit and vegetables and our barbeque sales suggest a large number of parties took place in gardens up and down the country."