Sales in hard landscaping were up 7.86 per cent. Food Hall and Farm Shop sales were up 20.07 per cent compared to the same month last year (2014). Furniture and barbecue sales were up 13.24 per cent with a Year to Date (YTD) change of 9.38 per cent. Clothing was up 15.14 per cent with a YTD of 14.2 per cent and catering was up 8.39 per cent up with a YTD of 9.27 per cent.
Christmas sales were up 4.23 per cent up with a YTD of 7.33 per cent. Sales of gifts were 0.67 per cent up with a YTD of 3.04 per cent.
Houseplants were down -0.76 per cent up but with a YTD of 7.11 per cent. Outdoor plants were down 5.85 per cent and seeds and bulbs down 2.06 per cent.
Outdoor plants sales were up 7.25 per cent year to date.
Seeds and bulbs were 0.7 per cent down and sundries were 2.19 per cent per cent down.
For the month of November the overall garden centre performance was up by 3.93 per cent with a Year to Date change of 6.22 per cent.
GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: "As a country we have had much milder weather than we’re used to for November so it seems people made good use of it and continued to use their outdoor spaces.
Richard Pennell, managing director of Pennells Garden Centre in Lincoln, said: "Following recent development of the centre at Lincoln we have seen strong growth in sales of outdoor plants from our new canopy area and indoors from our new food hall. Our restaurant too has seen strong growth. Customers are looking for a wide range of experiences when they visit a modern garden centre."
Matthew Bent, managing director at Bents Garden and Home, said: "The end of 2015 is proving a busy time for Bents with sales in December already looking good and following what has been a strong November across the industry. Our results support the GCA figures with our clothing and Food Hall departments both significantly up on last year. Both departments are now much bigger and offer a much wider variety of products following our recent expansion and we are happy the results reflect the work that has been put in.
"Catering is also up in line with the industry figures, demonstrating that our more long term and established areas of the business continue to perform very well."