Garden centre sales rise 7% in November

Bird food, clothing, food and catering drove a sales rise of seven per cent this November in latest Garden Centre Association (GCA) figures from 18 outlets.

But GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said trade was devastated by snow in December, with many centres struggling to open and customers unable to travel.

Last weekend was the busiest leading up to Christmas for many retailers but the weather hit hard. Garden retailers predicted a "concertina" winter season - trade good, then shrinking and bouncing back when the weather improves.


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