Hopping, which measures customer visits across the UK’s high streets, shopping centers and retail parks, expects a 3% to 4% increase in this bank holiday compared to last year.
DIY B&Q retailer said each of its flagship stores could sell over 100 barbecues, 3,000 compost bags, 6,000 bedding plants, 150 mowers and 125 fence boards over the weekend over the weekend.
“Especially at this time of year, customers are actually responding to the weather. We tend to see a change in the type of projects they carry out,” said Steve Guy, B&Q’s market manager for foreign affairs. We review the weather forecast for the next 14 days and make trading and stock decisions on a daily basis. “
Wyevale, the UK’s largest garden center group, said it enjoys the weather with growing demand for herbs because people are thirsting for summer classics like Pym and Mochitus. Moroccan mint sales are up 62% year-over-year and mint chocolate is up 36%.
“It’s no surprise that herbs are a must-have for the season; they are fragrant, look great and are the perfect addition to summer barbecue for both drinks and dinner,” she told Lida Mathews, a weed buyer at the Vivala Garden Center. “They also thrive in small spaces, and are an increasingly popular addition to urban balconies and kitchen window sills alike.”
Diane Varla, Springboard Marketing and Insights Manager, said garden-related and DIY-related products may work out properly because it was the first opportunity for enthusiastic gardeners to plant and arrange after weeks of bad weather.
“Everything about the garden may work out after Easter so badly. People will use the opportunity to go out and work in the garden and home. And of course fashion should be helpful as people will want to renew their wardrobe when the first signs of spring and summer appear.”
According to analysts at Kantar Worldenfell Research, smaller convenience stores were expected to be among the winners of bank holidays.
“Every time the mercury raises people quickly move away from traditional meals and start focusing on barbecue,” said Fraser McWitt, head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.
“To maximize their exposure to sunlight, consumers are more likely to shop around instead of traveling longer distances to larger stores, so retailers who have hot dogs and burgers in their convenience stores should function well this weekend.”