Early figures suggest good Easter has helped garden centres to10 per cent April sales increase

GCA chairman Will Armitage says early figures show a 10 per cent rise on 2014.

Will Armitage
Will Armitage

The Armitage's managing director added: "The deadline for members to submit the previous month's data is the 17th of the month so we are still waiting for some data to come in but April is looking like an increase of 10 per cent on April last year, much of that down to a good Easter bank holiday weekend with the good weather and Easter falling just at the right time. 

"The year to date figure is a little lower at around eight per cent, poor weather in March put the dampers on what was a good January and February compared to the same months last year.

He added: "May has started off cold and damp in many regions but there is another bank holiday and Chelsea Flower Show to remind the customers to get back out into the garden and enjoy their outside space."

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