Latest figures show garden centre sales at the same level last month as July 2013

Garden centre sales last month were flat against July 2013. Catering is now at 18.62 per cent of total sales on average and was 7.13 per cent up in July.

Outdoor plant sales fell on average but HTA ornamentals committee chairman Geoff Caesar said feedback from recent retail suppliers meeting was "generally positive" for the season with the market "good but not fantastic" this year.

Perrywood Nurseries owner Alan Bourne pointed out that a good spring and summer this year had "brought people back into the garden", which will help sales in 2015.


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