Garden chemicals sales see drop

A new report from market research company GfK Retail & Technology has revealed that the total garden chemicals sector sales fell by 1.7 per cent in the year to January.

Garden centre sales of such chemicals decreased by 3.1 per cent, according to the report.

There was some growth in pest and disease products, increasing by 6.6 per cent to £44m. However, weedkiller products showed a nine per cent decline, dropping to £43m, thus altering the balance between the two sides of the market. Average prices for weedkillers rose by five per cent - however, this was not enough to prevent the value erosion across the market.

A GfK representative blamed last season's poor weather, which demonstrated that weedkiller sales were weather-dependent.

Sales began strongly, rising by 44.8 per cent from January to April, but the summer's heavy rainfall led to a four per cent drop.

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