UK garden centres and DIY stores are expected to rake in around £1.4bn ($1.9bn) over Easter amid banned holidays and the closure of other non-essential retailers.
The Easter weekend is usually a highlight for shops, pubs and restaurants, and leisure and hospitality firms, however, under current coronavirus restrictions, they are unable to open until 12 April.
According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), garden centres and DIY stores will receive a boost as the trend to splash out and spruce up homes in lockdown continues.
“This Easter will test the patience of retailers across the country while garden centres and DIY stores are set to benefit from the ongoing trend of Brits spending on home improvements,” the CEBR said.
“Compared with Easter 2020, we estimate that spending on DIY and gardening will be up by £290m this weekend, reaching…