Christmas makes up 25 per cent of garden centre sales

Christmas continued its strong start in comparison to last year, as seasonal sales made up a quarter of last week's garden centre takings, according to figures supplied to Horticulture Week.

Christmas sales were up 24 per cent on the same week last week, and overall sales were up three per cent.

Next biggest categories were catering (16 per cent of overall), gifts (10 per cent), sundries (nine per cent), books (five per cent) pets (five per cent) and outdoor plants (four per cent).

Aquatics were up one per cent, books were down 12 per cent, clothing was up three per cent, craft was down 10 per cent, food was up 10 per cent, sundries was down nine per cent, gifts was up 15 per cent, houseplants was up two per cent, outdoor plants were up five per cent, pets were down seven per cent and restaurant was down five per cent.

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