Christmas, seeds and bulb sales all up in September, Garden Centre Association figures show

The Garden Centre Association’s Barometer of Trade saw Christmas product sales up 12.26 per cent for September when compared to the same month in 2012.

Seed and bulb sales were also up 9.75 per cent. Gifts were 7.96 per cent up, food hall/farm shop and clothing was 7.57 per cent up, and catering was 6.29 per cent up.
The overall year to date figure stands at 3.23 per cent up.
GCA chairman Peter Burks said: "We have noticed that a lot of people have started their Christmas preparations earlier resulting in strong sales of festive products at our member garden centres.
"We believe this could be a result of the current economic climate with more people choosing to spread the cost of Christmas out over a few months.
"Many of our members have also been supporting the Horticultural Trade Association’s ‘Plan it, Plant it this Autumn’ campaign to encourage gardeners to start planting for spring and this could be a factor in the increase in sales of seeds and bulbs.

Millbrook managing director Tammy Woodhouse said: "Our Christmas product sales were particularly strong last month. I believe this is partly as a result of us launching the ranges earlier on in the season than we have done in previous years.
"This year, we also decided to expand our Christmas product range to give customers more choice and it seems as though this is already starting to pay off. We are hoping to see the strong sales carry on during the next few months too."

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