Ikea claims its sales of outdoor furniture rose by more than 400% over the Bank Holiday weekend, as Brits enjoyed a lazy weekend in the sun.
Spring bank holidays have become renowned as the time of year when the UK takes advantage of the long weekends to enjoy some DIY.
However, this year was different, said the furniture retailer. Instead of spending the weekend indoors, people were flocking to its stores to buy garden furniture to enjoy the sunshine.
According to Ikea, year-on-year sales of its ÄPPLARÖ table jumped 457%. Sales of the matching ÄPPLARÖ folding chair rose 438% and of the SAMSÖ parasol jumped 458%.
Outdoor furniture sales were match by a rise in year-on-year sales of outdoor furniture cushions and arm chairs. Ikea said it sold more than 14 times as many HÅLLÖ outdoor seat cushions and nearly 10 times as many ÄPPLARÖ arm chairs than it did during the same Bank Holiday last year.
Ikea outdoor furniture manager Jamey Seaman said: “In years gone by we’d normally have to wait until June or July before seeing outdoor furniture sales figures like these. But the sun came early this year, and so did the people.
“These figures show that it’s not just our genuinely low priced home furnishings that people come to Ikea for. We also know how people’s lives at home extend into their gardens and have the most relevant and affordable outdoor range too.”