Garden centre sales continue to struggle thanks to poor weather

Garden centre sales have yet to kick off as poor weather holds back the season.

Sales at garden centres were 25 per cent down in the week to 17 March compared to last year, according to figures supplied to Horticulture Week, after cold, wet and snowy weather hit the country.

The only categories that saw any uplift were food at six per cent up and clothing which was 18 per cent up.

Aquatics sales were 22 per cent down, books were 12 per cent down, craft two per cent down, furniture was 55 per cent down, sundries were 35 per cent down, gifts were seven per cent down, houseplants were 12 per cent down, outdoor plants were 55 per cent down, pets were three per cent down and restaurant was one per cent down.


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