DIY and garden retailer B&Q has turned around poor sales in the first quarter of this year with a 1.9 per cent like-for-like increase for the 10 weeks to 13 July.
Sales of outdoor and seasonal products rose nearly 20 per cent, representing almost 40 per cent of total sales.
Outdoor furniture sales were up 56 per cent, budget charcoal bbqs 89 per cent and bedding plants nine per cent. Wellies fell 55 per cent.
Parent company Kingfisher chief executive Ian Cheshire said: "Following a tough Q1, I am pleased to report that we have been able to capitalise on the better weather conditions in Q2, particularly in the UK, which has helped us to deliver growth. However, underlying consumer confidence remains weak in our major markets."
The company also completed purchase of 15 stores in Romania during the period, marking its first new overseas venture in seven years.