Garden centres enjoy fourth consecutive monthly sales increase compared with 2012

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade results for July show a fourth consecutive monthly rise compared to 2012 figures.
Barbecues and furniture sales were up 72.75 per cent for the month as compared to July 2012. The category now stands at 12.22 per cent up for the year to date.

Overall sales were up 14.61 per cent up as compared to the same period last year. The overall year to date figure now stands at 3.21 per cent up.

Outdoor plants were 15.84 per cent up, garden sundries were 22.88 per cent up, hard landscaping was  24.87 per cent up and food hall/farm shop was 10.4 per cent up.

Haskins chief executive Julian Winfield said on garden furniture: "Having possibly under-performed in recent years we have worked hard, with fewer suppliers, to get the price points right all the way through the range.

"We have not shied away from the higher priced ranges and encouraged our centres to do special customer orders for non-standard product lines. However, furniture sales are still substantially down on 10 years ago."

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