Garden centre sales see mid-December lift aided by both Christmas and plant purchases

Sales at garden centres were up by around 15 per cent in the last week according to the latest data from outlets supplied to Horticulture Week.

Garden retail sales for the week ending 16 December were stronger in outdoor plants when compared to 2011 for the first time this year, with returns up 20 per cent on the corresponding week in 2011.

Aquatics was down four per cent, the books category was level, Christmas was up 15 per cent, clothing was flat, craft was down one per cent, food was up eight per cent, sundries was up three per cent, the gifts category was down two per cent, houseplants was up three per cent and pets was down three per cent.

Overall sales were up 15 per cent across all categories.


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