First week in January sees garden centre sales start slower than 2012

Sales for early 2013 have been slower in comparison to sales during the same week a year ago the latest figures show.

Garden centre sales for the week ending 13 January were below those in the corresponding week in 2012, according to data drawn from sample centres around the UK, supplied to Horticulture Week.

Aquatics were 20 per cent down, books were 20 per cent down, Christmas fell by more than half, clothing fell by a third, craft was down 20 per cent and food fell 10 per cent.

Furniture fell 11 per cent, sundries was 20 per cent down, gifts fell a third, houseplants fell 23 per cent, outdoor plants fell two per cent, pets was 15 per cent down and catering was 16 per cent down.

Commenting on the findings, Woodcote Green Nurseries general manager Phil Barnden said that the weeks did not correspond exactly this year and that his own sales had begun satisfactorily.

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