Garden centres report flat sales over bank holiday

Bank holiday sales in garden centres were flat last weekend as big-ticket items continue to sell poorly.

HTA retail committee chair and Cambridge-based Scotsdale managing director Caroline Owen said: "The weekend was OK but we hoped for slightly better sales."

Cornwall-based Trelawney Garden Centre owner David Danning said: "Sales were reasonable - on a par with last year. This time of year we are tourist-orientated. The restaurant was very busy but not a lot of people were putting their hands deeply in their pockets. The weather has not been good all year and that has had an effect on furniture and plant sales, particularly bedding. The credit crunch is affecting us but I think weather is still more of an influence on sales."

HTA representative Gill Ormrod said: "The weekend was not disastrous and equally not fantastic. The general feeling remains fairly optimistic with the whole year panning out not drastically different to last year."

GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said: "It was certainly not a record-breaking weekend but it was not terrible."

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