Late season sees garden retail sales pick up

After a flat June and July, the end of August saw garden retailers' returns rise ahead of the show season and Christmas set up this month.

Longacres' Mike Ainley said sales were 40% up on last August's bank holiday thanks to a heatwave, which meant that the summer finished on a high for Britain's biggest garden centre.

JTF senior buyer Gez Smith said: "Bank holiday week was good for sales; with the Friday to Bank Holiday Monday being particularly strong versus the previous year."

Temperatures reached 28.2C in Holbeach in Lincolnshire on bank holiday Monday, surpassing the previous high set in 1990, said the Met Office.

The previous record was 27.2C recorded in East Bergholt in Suffolk in 1984.

July GCA sales were 2% up, bringing year-to-dates back to 4% up on 2016.

June was 4.64% down on June 2016.

May was 5% down.

But early season good weather saw year-to-dates at the end of April at 11% up.

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