Fuel price link with poor out-of-town garden centre sales

Fuel prices may be hitting out-of-the-way garden centres and retail nursery sales, Golden Acres Nurseries operations director Simon Edwards has claimed.

Retail price-index inflation is at 5.6 per cent, the highest for 20 years, with fuel and food driving recent rises.

Speaking at a Garden Industry Manufacturers' Association business meeting, Edwards, said: "Our site that is isolated, away from towns, is really struggling. You have to drive 15 miles and customers are not making the journeys."

At the meeting, Hillview Group chairman Boyd Douglas-Davies added: "Out-of-town and down-a-country-lane is not the future."


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