Garden Centre Association figures show garden retailers beat November washout

Early indications from the Garden Centre Association (GCA) show Christmas sales are 12% up this year to date, showing November was not a washout despite the month being the wettest on record in many areas of the country.

November was up 8.5% overall. Outdoor plants are 11% up on the year to date and were slightly up (1%) in November. Farm shop/food hall and clothing did best in November and is 18% up on the year to date.

The Met Office has said last month was the wettest November on record, with an average of 217.4mm (8.6in) of rain across the UK.

Meanwhile, the GCA has former CBI director and UK Trade & Investment minister Lord Digby Jones, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and shoe retailer James Timpson lined up as speakers for its annual conference, to be held at Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel on 25-27 January.


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