Early spring plant sales reach 2011 levels

March sales have shot up to 2011 levels as the weather has turned and confidence has returned to consumers, says Coolings managing director Gary Carvosso.

"Sales are taking off and we're now ahead of March 2011 though I've learnt in the last three or four years not to count my chickens," he said.

He said early spring sales were "very promising" and it was "nice to see hardy plants, particularly shrubs and herbs, selling well."

Christies of Fochabers, which has been nominated for the Family Business Award organised by Family Business United, has also reported increased sales.

Manager Sam Dowdall said seeds were up nine per cent in the last month, bedding was up seven per cent and plants overall were up two per cent, though birdcare was down 15 per cent.

Scotsdale managing director Caroline Owen said: "We had a good weekend, matching Mothers Day 2013."

Supplier Johnsons of Whixley director Andrew Richardson said: "Sales were slow to start because a lot of garden centres are not pre-ordering these days. But sales took off seven days ago.

"Garden centres that had a reasonable offer were making sales but the ones that de-stock were complaining about not making sales."

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