The total domestic market for outdoor power equipment has been estimated at more than £710 million in 2016, an increase of 4% on the previous year. Figures for 2017 are not yet available.
The 2016 season for lawnmowers started slowly after an extremely wet winter but sales were relatively good for a year with an early Easter bank holiday. Volume sales ended up being 0.4% higher than the previous year at just under 1.7 million units. The overall value of lawnmower sales grew by 6%, partly due to consumers switching to higher priced cordless and autonomous robotic mower models and partly due to higher market prices set early in the year as a result of raw material cost pressures.
Sales of mowers are estimated to have been worth more than £250 million in total, with volumes in the region of 36,400 petrol ride-ons, more than 340,000 petrol pedestrian units and some 1.22 million electric units. In addition, there were about 7,000 commercial mowers valued at below £80 million and 2,700 compact and sub-compact tractors worth in the region of £40 million.
The value of sales of chainsaws, brush cutters/trimmers, hedge trimmers and garden vac/blowers is believed to have been around £250 million, of which 38% is attributed to electric units and the rest to petrol models.