Garden industry reports higher sales in June

June garden centre sales were up 8.2% on 2009 levels, according to the HTA's Garden Industry Monitor Market Update.

But April and May were both down on 2009, the quarterly update found, and year-to-date figures showed that the market was 5.9% down on 2009.

Marketing director Andrew Maxted said sales were boosted by fine weather and many consumers staying at home to watch the football World Cup and other sporting events.

He added: "It is encouraging to see the garden industry sustaining much of the growth experienced in 2009, which was widely regarded as a golden year."

SALES GROWTH
HTA retail business benchmark

June 2010 Up 8.2%
June 2009 Down 6%
June 2008 Up 8%
May 2010 Down 2.5%
May 2009 Down 11.9%
May 2008 Up 31.3%
April 2010 Down 3.3%
April 2009 Up 35.6%
April 2008 Down 38.5%


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