That's not the case, as practically everyone in the industry who mentions it is saying. But they don't only mean this negatively. Because coronavirus has also had a positive impact on the industry in a number of ways. More on that later. First a few figures from the most important European markets.
How strong the coronavirus effect was can be particularly seen by the figures from the second quarter: the increase amounted to 22.5 per cent overall (like-for-like 22.9 per cent).
The reason: people repaired, redeveloped, renovated and decorated their homes - and a part of their homes is also the whole garden area. So the figures reflect the first effects of the "summer at home" and the intensified involvement of garden and balcony in customers' living concepts, analyses the association.
Front runners among the sales growth in the 22 recorded assortment groups: paint / painting supplies +37.6 per cent, wood (incl. garden wood) +29.1 per cent, garden equipment (incl. summer houses) +25.1 per cent, construction chemistry/construction material +24.9 per cent, garden furniture +21.4 per cent. Almost all product groups in the German specialist DIY and garden stores are manoeuvring within a mostly significant plus range for the half year period. There were only underperformers in the segments automotive (-7.9 per cent) and technology/office/entertainment (-7.4 per cent).