Waitrose outdoor plants sales rise 33 per cent

Total divisional sales, excluding fuel, were up 4.2 per cent as the year's first burst of warm weather tempted customers outdoors for alfresco dining and entertaining.

Personnel director Helen Hyde said: "Barbecue meats were up by 41 per cent, while fresh produce saw a 11.8 per cent uplift on last year. A weekend of outdoor socialising was also reflected in an increase in sales of gin (up 15 per cent) and rosé wine (up 39 per cent).

"The warm weather inspired customers to enjoy their gardens as outdoor plant sales grew by 33 per cent.

"However, shoppers were also keeping cool as ice and ice cream sales were up by 60 per cent and 56 per cent, respectively."


Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Pots and containers

Pots and containers

Superior propagation products can justify extra expenditure by providing precise cell fill, optimum root development and healthy plugs, writes Sally Drury.

Business Planning - Inflationary pressures

Business Planning - Inflationary pressures

How can horticulture businesses respond to Brexit-fuelled inflation? Neville Stein outlines the options.

Garden centre profile: Mappleborough Green Garden Centre

Garden centre profile: Mappleborough Green Garden Centre

Phase two of the redevelopment of the former Badger Nurseries has delivered rapid and impressive results, Matthew Appleby discovers.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Garden retail Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. NEW: 2016 listing just published

Garden Centre Prices

GARDEN CENTRE PRICES w/e 21 September 2016
GARDEN CENTRE PRICES w/e 24 August 2016

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here