Garden centre Christmas sales rise for fourth week in a row

Garden centre Christmas sales have risen for the fourth week in a row according to figures received by Horticulture Week for the week to 17 November.

Sales beat the High Street to be 10 per cent up on 2012.

Compared to the same week last year, Christmas sales were 20 per cent up and accounted for almost 30 per cent of overall sales.

Aquatic sales were static, books were down two per cent, clothing was up 15 per cent, craft was up four per cent, food was up 15 per cent, furniture was down 10 per cent, sundries was down five per cent, gifts were up 15 per cent, houspelants were up five per cent, outdoor plants were up two per cent, pets were up four per cent and catering was up four per cent.

Catering represented 15 per cent of sales and food, eight per cent.

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