B&Q pulls plug on bedding order

Multiple tells suppliers last orders are to be cancelled this season

B&Q has told its growers it is cancelling its last order for bedding plants this season. A grower, who did not want to be named, said all B&Q bedding plant suppliers will be hit by the cancellation of the last allocation of plants unless sales pick up soon. B&Q have slashed prices in a bid to beat weather-related poor sales of plants. The grower added: “It’s common knowledge that B&Q has a 50 per cent sale on at the moment. Hopefully this will go well and it will want to take orders. “There is a positive side to being told of the possibility — I’d rather know now than at the last minute. It means less wastage as a lot of the plants for the last B&Q order will still be in the seed packets.” Managing director John Tugman of B&Q supplier Roundstone Nurseries said growers and retailers were having “a tough time”. B&Q public relations officer Alison Yaldren said Bank Holiday weekend pack bedding sales “went well” because of improved weather and the reductions, but “we’re still trying to catch up on the season”. The weather and trading conditions remain unpredictable and we’re working with our growers on a week-by-week basis to manage stock flow and product quality. It depends on the weather and consumer demand throughout the rest of May as to when we feel the pack bedding season will close but we’re already putting stock exit contingencies in place with our growers to manage the possibility of demand falling short of our commitments.”

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