E-retailers gain from bad Easter weather but gardening sales hit across all channels

While Overall UK consumer spend was up by 8.2 per cent this Easter compared to Easter 2012 with a 6.4 per cent rise in in-store spend and 16.5 per cent online, garden centre sales plummeted across all channels with a fall of 45.4 per cent in-store and 40.3 per cent online.

Overall consumer spend was up 8.2 per cent this Easter, according to consumer spend on Barclaycard debit and credit cards.
Spend at DIY stores fell by 14.8 per cent compared to last Easter.
Dave Chan, chief executive of Barclaycard Consumer Europe, said: "Despite experiencing the coldest Easter Sunday on record, the good news is it didn’t completely dampen the nation’s spending habits. 

"However, we haven’t seen the usual Easter uplift in garden centre and DIY sales, as the bad weather meant they fell drastically compared to 2012 when we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather.
"Despite the retailing sector being hit the hardest, online sales for these categories were up – and by quite a significant amount.  This significant shift to online will have had a major impact on retailer’s forecasted in-store Easter sales. 

"Multi-channel retailers are in a significantly stronger position to adapt to changing consumer spending trends – whether this be through personal choice, or a simple change in the weather."

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