"Benign weather" sees garden centre supplier income rise

UK garden product suppliers have reported generally satisfactory results in newly released accounts.

Image: HW
Image: HW

Barbecue specialist Weber Stephen UK results to 30 September 2016 saw turnover up to £242m from £205m and margin stary the same at 32.3%. Operating profit was £15.4m, down from £16.1m. Directors said the results were "satisfactory in the global economy".

Hard landscaping supplier Marshalls plc results to 31 December 2016 saw turnover rise to £396m from £386m, with profit before tax up to £46m from £35.3m.

Vitax saw "benign weather" bring "strong trading results" in the year to 31 August 2016. Turnover at the chems and ferts company was £9.66m (£9.13m) and operating profit was "1.26m (£700,000).

Scotts was sold to Exponent Private Equity on 2 May, with the deal to conclude by 30 September. Scotts Co (Manufacturing) turnover to 30 September 2016 was £3.8m, down from £3.95m, with profit before tax at £178,000, down from £185,000. Scotts Holdings saw a loss of £1.93m, up from £1.30m, with no separate statement of income.

Grange Fencing for the year to 30 September saw turnover grow to £37.6m from £36.6m but profit before tax fall to £178,000 from £2.8m after £906,000 costs of closing its Hull production site. Further site restructure under owner Stelmet is planned.

Mercia Garden Products reported for the eight months to 31 August 2016, with sales at £15.8m (£21m) but pro rata at an increase of 13% or £2.8m, with profits at £990,000 (£1.05m), thanks to "improved market conditions".

Albany Shed saw turnover fall to £6m from £6.3m in the year to 30 November with operating profit at £610,000 (£644,000).

Naylor Industries, which makes concrete and plastic products as well as Yorkshire Flowerpots, saw turnover rise 3% to £48m.

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