The sale of plants, furniture and tools at Dutch garden centres soared nearly 30% in the first six months of this year, as the coronavirus lockdown forced more people to spend time at home, and in their outdoor spaces.
In total, consumers spent some €800m on plants and equipment in the 2020 first half, broadcaster NOS reported.
‘Yes, record sales,’ Brenda Horstra, of the garden centre association Tuinbranche Nederland said. ‘We’ve never seen anything like it before.’
Garden centres in border areas, which rely on customers from Germany and Belgium, were hard hit by the border closures, but they too have seen sales recover in recent weeks, Horstra said.
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