Figures reveal higher garden centre sales for July

July saw 10% gains for garden centres as hot weather failed to deter customers.

Garden Centre Association (GCA) figures for July from 23 outlets showed that outdoor plants bounced back after a poor start to the year, while seeds, bulbs, sundries, furniture and barbecues were also up.

GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said 2010 was turning out to be an average year "but there is still five months of trading left so everything could change".

Year-on-Year Trading Figures
Section July 2010 2010 overall
Seeds and bulbs Up 13.5% Up 6.5%
Sundries Up 16% No change
Furniture and barbecues Up 18% Up 11%
Pets Up 7% Up 2.5%
Gifts Up 6% Up 8.5%
Hard landscaping Up 8% Up 1%
Catering Up 4.5% Up 3.5%
Food hall/farm shop Up 5% No change
House plants Down 13% Down 13%
Outdoor plants Up 13.5% Down 1%
Overall Up 10% Up 2%


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