Figures from 11 centres showed that outdoor plants and catering had held their own, while sundries were up.
GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said: "Sales are catching up. Garden centres had an appalling March but April has helped them recover. Considering April 2009 was the best ever that has to be pretty good. But May has not started very well for many."
SECTION APRIL 2010 YEAR TO DATE
Outdoor plants Up 0.26 per cent Down 10 per cent
Sundries Up 4 per cent Down 5 per cent
Catering Up 1 per cent Up 0.5 per cent
Hard landscaping Down 4 per cent Down 13 per cent
Overall Up 3 per cent Down 2 per cent