Garden retailers say the mild weather this September has caused the first negative month of the year for many. Early Garden Centre Association figures show the month was about six per cent down.
Plants sales fell for the majority of centres because summer bedding lingered in people's gardens and they did not get round to planting autumn bedding last month."
Squires managing director Dennis Espley said September was flat compared to last year, with all gardening categories, plants and sundries eight per cent down.
Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper said he hopes to hit profit targets of +35 per cent this year, but the weather has delayed autumn planting and seen sales slow. Blue Diamond profits were up 73 per cent in the first six months of the year, he said.Meanwhile, High Street sales prospered in September.