Thus, all in all, a fairly strong quarter for Gardena, using great leverage over the expansion leading to an elevated operating margin to 14.7percent compared to 14.1percent each year. And when we fix for the customer brands depart, we’re up 5 percent. So great growth regardless of the COVID situation. But here we’ve got a sensible beginning when the COVID circumstance has been influenced the requirement here, but that changed essential switch accessories in the second half of March. But on a positive note, however, is that we have integrated our latest purchase of Power trowels we obtained from Wacker Neuson. And on a positive note though, is that a number of the markets really have categorized our building products as crucial, but in the majority.
There is doubt, spending on building equipment has a tendency to stop fast, and that is something which we experienced, obviously. So we have made significant progress there and been fast to the marketplace with those products that were exactly important to us. There is far since I really don’t wanna spoil the fun for you to tell. Two spins with perm sticks on the endings work for me, but I know that can change. It will be rebranded to compete with a game pass and discovers it’s way to do it correctly exclusive from first-party studios PlayStation, and a few Sony games will probably be available on different platforms but not those.
Generation is running and up, and all these goods are now currently sold under the Husqvarna brand new. Additionally, on an optimistic note, I’d say the practice of how we depart the heritage consumer brands industry is based on the plan, and we get it done in a really disciplined and organized way, which reflected a 12% sales decline for its Husqvarna branch in the first quarter. And when we remain with a product size just a bit, I’ll state that we some of our goods were down and we all needed to sell an acquisition inventory at margins that are lower off here. Naturally, Gardena was also affected by COVID-19 negatively in certain states in Southern Europe. However, the center markets, and particularly the DAC area, had strong earnings here in the very first quarter.