Weather hits plant sales but Christmas looks successful

Outdoor plant sales fell by 20 per cent in November, the latest GCA Barometer of Trade figures show.

GCA chief executive officer Gillie Westwood blamed poor weather but said Christmas was turning out to be a success in centres.

November was three per cent down on 2007, with non-core gardening goods holding up well against the downturn. Price cuts on furniture boosted turnover at the 43 centres that sent their figures in.

12 months to Nov 2008 November 2008
Catering 5.2 per cent up 15 per cent up
Christmas Three per cent up Eight per cent up
Furniture/barbecue 10 per cent down 28 per cent up
Gifts 4.6 per cent up 11 per cent up
Houseplants Five per cent down 3.6 per cent down
Landscaping 17 per cent down 17 per cent down
Outdoor plants 6.5 per cent down 20 per cent down
Pets and aquatics Four per cent up 11 per cent up
Seeds and bulbs Four per cent down 8.2 per cent up
Sundries Two per cent down Three per cent down

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