Big uplift for garden shed sales in May, reports GfK

Latest research from GfK reports that the garden structures category, largely made up of garden sheds and garden storage, posted value growth of 22.8 perc ent in May this year.

Looking at the year to date, overall, this category has also achieved a 2.3 per cent rise in value. The storage category posted a 67.7 per cent value growth year to date. Arbours showed a 17 per cent value growth. March showed a 25.9 per cent value decline.

The BBQ category reported 7.7 per cent value growth in April and marginal value growth of 0.5 per cent in May. Garden solar lamps have also seen an uplift as the season progresses, with sales more than trebling between March and May, with more than 800,000 units sold in May alone.

GfK account manager Richard Maden said: "Despite a difficult start to the season, the wider garden categories posted an improved performance. Every garden category tracked by GfK except for pest and disease achieved value growth in May 2013, helping to offset the significant declines seen earlier in the year.



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