Garden Centre Association study reveals 0.43% drop in retail sales for October 2011

Garden Centre Association figures from 45 garden centres placed last month's sales figures 0.43 per cent down on October last year.

This reflects an overall flat year so far, which saw sales up on the year to date by 0.75 per cent to the end of September.

Garden Centre Association Sales figures

Category Change Year to date

Houseplants 3.5% Down 2.62% Down
Outdoor plants 1.0% Down 1.85% Down
Seeds and bulbs 24.69% Up 0.45% Up
Sundries 6.81% Up 0.99% Down
Furniture and barbecues 14.38% Down 4.61% Down
Pets and aquatics 13.5% Down 10.4% Down
Gifts 0.35% Down 0.84% Down
Hard landscaping 13.53% Up 3.88% Down
Food hall/Farm shop 5.8% Up 5.83% Up
Clothing 3.6% Down 3.6% Up
Other 0.67% Up 4.1% Up
Catering 0.27% Up 4.09% Up

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