Garden centre sales flat as High Street picks up

Garden centre sales for the first week of October to 7 October were broadly similar to 2011, as retail in general began to see signs of improved performance.

Aquatic sales were five per cent down, books, five per cent down, Christmas took off but was one per cent down on 2011, clothing was one per cent up, craft was six per cent up, food was five per cent up, furniture was 15 per cent up, sundries were 12 per cent down, gifts were five per cent down, houseplants were flat, outdoor plants were one per cent down, pets were one per cent down and catering was flat.

Cyclamen and pansies dominated the plant sales charts.

Bulbs, compost, solar lights and wild bird food did best in non-plant categories.

On the High Street, BDO’s September High Street Sales Tracker show the best growth all year as like-for-like sales rose 3.5 per cent in September.

Non-fashion grew by seven per cent year-on-year, buoyed by strong performances in gifting and leisure, beauty and luxury sales. The only category to miss out on the spending bonanza was homewares, which dipped by 5.3 per cent year-on-year as the housing market continued to struggle.


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