Johnsons of Whixley had "better than expected" results to 30 September 2015, with sales hitting £10.068m, up from £9.658m and operating profits up to £329,000 from £177,000. The North Yorkshire hardy nursery stock grower said the amenity market was "much healthier" though there was a "small contraction" in retail sales.
Oxfordshire-based Young plant grower Ball Colegrave's results to 30 September 2015 show how "the recovery of the garden market continues" with garden container plant sales to small and medium-sized growers leading the way. Sales were £25.316m, up from £24.420m, with operating profit at £2.85m, up from £2.331m.
Herefordshire-based wholesale garden centre and multiples grower Allensmore Nurseries increased sales to £12.354m from £11.037m and operating profit to £624,000 from £483,000 in the year to 30 September 2015.
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