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Lockdown home improvement boom boosts US DIY chains

Lawnmowers priced at $3,000 are atypical best-sellers in recessions. But sales of the Ariens Ikon XD, featuring 20-inch tyres, a V-twin Kawasaki engine and ergonomic plush seat, have surged in the US during the pandemic.

While other industries grapple with a shaky economy, the home improvement business is booming. Home Depot and Lowe’s this week reported historically large rises in quarterly revenues as housebound Americans spend billions of dollars more than usual at the two go-to chains for DIY.

“Most of us are forced to spend more time at home than we ever have in our lifetimes,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s chief executive, presenting a 34 per cent jump in like-for-like sales. Customers had been “finding projects around the house” that they either “hadn’t had a chance to get to” or “just didn’t notice” before lockdown.

Craig Menear, chairman and chief executive of Home Depot, said the pandemic had meant

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