Figures reveal small boost for DIY/gardening sales

Consumer analyst GfK has reported that the gardening/DIY consumer durable market reached £3.4bn in sales for January-April 2010, a 1.1% rise on 2009.

The market grew 4.7% month-on-month to £1.1bn in April 2010. The January-March quarter was down 0.6%. Online sales in April were 4.1% up month-on-month.

Independents were 5.1% up at £101m month-on-month for April 2010. Chain stores were up 4% at £1bn month-on-month for April 2010.

GfK analyst Jim Harbridge said: "The upturn in the DIY/gardening sector continues in April, with outdoor products driving most growth as the weather shows signs of improvement. Growing media and fertilisers grew 10% and 14% respectively month-on-month, while hoses and storage grew 13%."

DIY/GARDEN CENTRE SALES GROWTH


MONTH-ON-MONTH FIGURES:

- April 2009 8.3%
- May 2009 -5.1%
- June 2009 0.1%
- July 2009 -1.8%
- August 2009 4.4%
- September 2009 2.2%
- October 2009 3.5%
- November 2009 0.6%
- December 2009 0.3%
- January 2010 -4.5%
- February 2010 -0.4%
- March 2010 4.7%
- April 2010 3.1%


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