Sales are blooming at Tesco’s garden centre chain Dobbies thanks to new store openings.

Sales rose 22% to £136.4m in the year to 29 February, but pre-tax profits jumped just 5.6% to £10.5m, according to accounts made available at Companies House.

Dobbies said turnover had been boosted by the impact of new stores opened the year before, as well as seven opened during the period.