Last week’s unseasonably warm weather led to an early surge in interest for garden products, according to price comparison web site Idealo.co.uk.
With temperatures reaching 18˚C, Idealo has seen a rapid increase in searches for lawnmowers – up a 341% on last month. Petrol, electric and newer robotic models are all doing well.
Relaxing outdoors is also high on the agenda for UK consumers. Searches for garden furniture have climbed 112% versus last month, while barbecue interest is up 69% on February.
With the bank holiday season approaching and an extra day off on 29 April 2011, consumers appear to be getting their gardens in order earlier this year ready to enjoy the longer weekends, said Idealo.
Compared with March 2010, searches for garden furniture are up 54%, barbecues 76%, sheds 98% and lawnmowers 76%.
“Sunny weather is always an economy booster as consumers feel the need to refresh their wardrobes and homes,” said Matt Hopkins at Idealo.co.uk.
“It’s great to see that the summer feeling has come a little earlier this year. Knowing how unpredictable the UK’s weather can be though I just hope the sun hangs around long enough for everyone to put their new purchases to good use,” he said.