Garden centres enjoy Christmas uplift in sales as Bents records record footfall

Garden centres are seeing a Christmas sales uplift, with Cheshire-based Bents Garden & Home leading the way.

The centre reported record footfall and sales figures earlier this month. Some 9,880 people visited Bents on Sunday 2 December.

Bents also recorded its best week of sales with takings of £679,239 in the week starting 26 November and best performing November. Bents online store has also experienced a spike in sales with figures 15 per cent up on forecast.

Managing director Matthew Bent said: "Summer was literally a wash out so it’s great to be able to report such fantastic figures for the Christmas period.

"The weather obviously had a huge impact on our business over the summer months, but more than that I think it was a little bit disappointing for everyone not being able to enjoy the outdoors.  It seems as though people are eager to forget about the poor summer months and the glum outlook and are just keen to focus on now and enjoying Christmas as much as possible.  Our latest figures would certainly suggest this is the case."

Overall, sales for the week ending 9 December saw an uplift of three per cent. Aquatics was up nine per cent, books were down five per cent, Christmas was up 10 per cent, clothing was up four per cent, craft was down two five per cent, food was up three per cent, sundries was down 10 per cent, gifts was down one per cent, houseplanst was up one per cent, and outdoor plants (including Christmas trees) were down one per cent. Pets was flat and catering was up 10 per cent.

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