The gardening sector was up 16 per cent in June, but sales were down last week in garden centres

The DIY/gardening sector grew 16 per cent in June compared to June 2012, according to industry analysts GfK.

Total consumer durable internet sales grew 12 per cent in value terms compared to June last year.  Online DIY/gardening sales were 38 per cent better than June 2012.

June 2013 saw the total durables market grow for the second month in a row with total value up 0.6 per cent compared to the same month last year.

DIY/gardening is now 1.5 per cent ahead for the season.

Sales were five per cent up in April, 12 per cent up in May and 16 per cent up in June, but they were 23 per cent down in March.

Meanwhile, sales for the week to 4 August were eight per cent down, according to figures supplied to Horticulture Week.

Aquatics were one per cent up, books were 12 per cent up, clothing was 40 per cent up, craft was 18 per cent up, food was 10 per cent up, furniture was 24 per cent down, sundries was 25 per cent down, gifts were six per cent up, houseplants were 10 per cent up, outdoor plants were 25 per cent down, pets were two per cent up and restaurant was eight per cent up.

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