April sales leap reported by Garden Centre Association members

Members of the Garden Centre Association have seen average sales up 16 per cent year on year in April, with plants up 24 per cent and garden furniture and barbecues up 52 per cent.

Meanwhile on the high street, the BDO sales tracker saw overall retail sales rise by 2.7 per cent in April. Lifestyle was up 3.6 per cent, homewares up 7.8 per cent and non-store internet sales up 24 per cent.

The BDO monthly performance report is based on the aggregated retail weekly sales of 85 non-food medium sized retailers with 10,000 individual stores.

Said Waitrose on the recent uplift: "Our customers’ second-favourite hobby, after cooking, is gardening and we’re continuing to grow our offer, with sales up 22.4 per cent in the quarter and gardening pods have now been rolled out to 180 branches. The new Alan Titchmarsh range which was launched in February has already proved a popular addition to our horticulture offer."

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