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    DIY sales 'surge as spring begins'


    DIY Hammer - lets-do-diy.comThe popularity of DIY rose over the course of the month, according to new figures.

    Indeed it appears more people are looking to carry out DIY projects, as recent figures from BDO Stoy Hayward revealed a 5.7 per cent increase in sales for homeware stores during March.

    Stating that DIY activity was "popular" - with demand for blinds and lighting particular up - the growth was deemed to have been driven by an improvement in the weather.

    Rupert Eastell, head of retail for BDO Stoy Hayward, claims that in spite of continued difficulties trading conditions and "a dismal February" retailers were able to report "surprisingly robust results" last month.

    "Underlying demand was much higher than we expected and sales appear to have been bolstered by the driest March weather for six years," he adds.

    Earlier this week, figures from Lloyds TSB indicated that the annual amount of money splashed by Britons doing DIY projects themselves has risen by 42 per cent since 1998 to stand at £10.9 billion in 2008.

    N.B. The information contained in this story is provided by the supplier and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of lets-do-diy.com.


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