Garden centre sales figures for November reveal improvement on results from 2012

Christmas sales were 10 per cent up on 2012 in garden centres this November, with overall sales 5.42 per cent ahead of 2012 year-to-date, according to Garden Centre Association (GCA) figures.

GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: "We've seen some positive vibes at last, partly because disposable income is not shrinking and there's earlier buying by people on limited means."

Incoming GCA chairman Will Armitage added: "Last Christmas saved garden centres from a fate worse than death and we're slightly in front of last year."

SALES FIGURES GARDEN CENTRE ASSOCIATION

Category November 2013 Year to date
Christmas 10.44% U 7.83% U
Houseplants 0.7% D 3.6% D
Outdoor plants 6.55% U 2.12% U
Seeds and bulbs 11.17% D 6.34% D
Garden sundries 2.65% U 4.83% U
Furniture and barbecues 14.16% D 10.14% U
Pets and aquatics 9.97% D 1.68% D
Gifts 2.93% U 089% U
Hard landscaping 6.37% U 2.8% D
Food hall/farm shop 0.16% U 4.83% U
Clothing 14.58% U 9.59% U
Catering 3.85% U 5.42% U
Overall 4.4% U 5.42% U


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