M&S reports rise in lavender sales

Supermarket chain Marks & Spencer has reported a 404 per cent year-on-year increase in sales of lavender, which it attributes to a vintage flower trend.

M&S Flowers expert Simon Richards said: "Lavender has featured at Chelsea and other RHS shows - it's great to see this trend filtering through to the high street."

The retailer's £6.99 Lavender Gift Bags are supplied by Hills Brothers in Hampshire. Purchases include a donation to Butterfly Conservation, which M&S is partnering as part of the Big Butterfly Count.

The event takes place from 24 July to 1 August and calls on the public to count butterflies in a bid to gauge their health in the UK.


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