Garden centre plant sales down 30% in 2010

Garden Centre Association figures for February from 11 centres show the impact of the poor weather on sales, with outdoor plants 25% down in the month and 30% down for 2010 so far.

Garden sundries are 12% down for the month.

GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood blamed the weather, adding: "It wasn't a brilliant month."

HTA president Caroline Owen agreed, adding: "In February gifts and catering were up but plants were hit — down 20% on February 2009."

Areas that did well in February are:

  • Gifts 20% up
  • Catering 10% up
  • Food hall/farm shop 10% up
  • Pets and aquatics 2% up

2010 to date:

  • Gifts 12% up
  • Food hall/farm shop 7% up
  • Pets and aquatics 4% up

 

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