Garden Centre Association figures confirm August uplift for sales

Garden Centre Association members' August overall sales were up 5.37 per cent compared to August 2011.

Despite the better performance in August figures show garden centres are 5.15 per cent down overall this year for the first eight months compared to the first eight months of 2011.

GCA chairman Peter Burks said: "For most of this year we have seen a consistent theme of only three areas of trade performing particularly well at our member garden centres: catering, clothing and gifts. August was a much better month all round and this is largely due to the sunshine."

Bulb sales were slow to start, but outdoor plant sales clawed back a little lost ground.

                                 August/year to date    

1. Houseplants           -2.23%/-3.95%

2. Outdoor Plants        1.78%/-13.80%

3. Seeds & Bulbs        -24.18%/-8.90%

4. Garden Sundries     6.39%/-8.59%

5. Furniture & BBQ      11.34%/-11.25%

6. Pets & Aquatics       5.62%/0.35%

7. Gifts                       3.91%/3.37%

8. Christmas               -21.79%/-7.40%

9. Hard Landscaping     -2.63%/-7.90%

10. Food Hall/Farm Shop 7.76%/-0.67%

11. Clothing                  6.65%/6.29%

12. Other                      9.84%/3.41%

13. Catering                  9.76%/8.42%

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