Garden centres enjoy June sales up 30 per cent on 2012

Garden centres are reporting "great news" for June with sales typically 20-30 per cent up on the same month in 2012.

Alton Garden Centre director Andy Bunker said: "June hit somewhere near what it needed to be, actually plus 24 per cent bringing our year slightly ahead."

Coolings MD Gary Carvosso said June was almost 30 per cent up, with plants and cafe sales "much, much better, pulling the year back".

Boyd Douglas-Davies said his garden centre sales were more than 30 per cent up this June on June 2012.

Sales figures supplied to Horticulture Week for the last week in June compared to the same week in 2012 showed sales seven per cent up.

The aquatics category was two per cent up, furniture was 50 per cent up, sundries was five per cent up, machinery 50 per cent up, outdoor plants 18 per cent up and pets five per cent up.

Categories seeing a fall included books at five per cent down, clothing at one per cent down, craft at one per cent down, food at one per cent down, gifts at two per cent down, houseplants at one per cent down and restaurant at three per cent down.

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