Garden furniture sales boom in the heat but overall sales slip

Garden centres have seen garden furniture sales leap 38 per cent in the past week, but the heat and Wimbledon saw sales overall fall by around 10 per cent for the week to 7 July compared to the same week last year.

According to figures supplied to Horticulture Week from garden centres while clothing was 16 per cent up, aquatics was five per cent down, craft six per cent down, food five per cent down, sundries nine per cent down, books 10 per cent down, gifts seven per cent down, houseplants 12 per cent down, outdoor plants six per cent down, pets 15 per cent down and catering 16 per cent down.

Garden Centre Association chairman Peter Burks said: "In the past six weeks, trade has generally been a lot better than the same period last year. Most garden centres are coming back towards parity with 2012 now."

But he added: "I would love it to be a warm summer, but we don't want temperatures into the 30s, as that would really put everybody off doing their gardening."

Figures released in BDO’s monthly High Street Sales Tracker show overall like-for-like high street sales grew by just 0.7 per cent year-on-year in June.


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