Husqvarna, the world's biggest gardening power tools maker, said today that market demand was improving along with easing pandemic restrictions in many markets.

The company forecast a 10% sales drop in the second quarter if the current trend continued. 

In April, after reporting a 11% first-quarter sales decline, Husqvarna's chief executive had said he expected the April-June period to be even tougher.  

"In light of the eased restrictions and an increased interest in the gardening categories, especially watering products, the market conditions have improved," Husqvarna said in a statement. 

The Swedish company is the global leader in robotic lawn mowers and garden watering systems.

It said currency-adjusted sales for April-May had dropped around 12% compared to the same time last year.

Husqvarna said it estimated that around 10% of its trade partners were currently affected by lockdown measures due to Covid-19, compared to 25% at the start of the second quarter.