Market figures show October garden sales increase

Garden Centres Association figures have shown a four per cent rise in sales in October, helped by big rises in food hall, catering, furniture, barbecue, Christmas and gift sales. But plants and hard landscaping fared less well.

GfK figures for September's DIY and gardening market showed a 2.4 per cent fall over the month to £0.8bn, but sales were still 0.7 per cent up for January-September 2010 at £8.4bn.

The market was 2.1 per cent down for the quarter July-September. The September market was 18 per cent better than August.

Independents were 7.4 per cent down at £65m for September. Chains were 2.3 per cent down at £0.7bn.

YEAR-ON-YEAR TRADING FIGURES
SECTION OCTOBER 2010 YEAR TO DATE
Catering Up 8.4% Up 5%
Outdoor plants Down 8.5% Down 3.5%
Houseplants Down 13.6% Down 14.2%
Sundries Up 0.2% Down 1.3%
Gifts Up 7% Up 9.4%
Christmas Up 12.4% Up 9.8%
Food hall Up 17.3% Up 13.3%
Furniture and barbecues Up 20.9% Up 6.9%
Hard landscaping Down 7% Down 1.7%
Overall Up 4% Up 1.5%


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