Gardening and DIY are up 2.2 per cent in the year to September, industry analysts GfK have found.
Market value is up 2.3 per cent since January. September sales were down 0.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2012. Online sales are 15.9 per cent up for the month.
After a 23 per cent fall in March, sales were up 3-16 per cent in the last five months before September's fall.
September saw the total durables market decline for the third month in a row. Total market value fell 3.9 per cent in September 2013 compared to the same month last year.
Comparing quarter three to the same quarter last year, the total market declined 2.5 per cent, with the biggest fallers the photo and consumer electronics sectors, down 26 per cent and 14 per cent respectively.