Garden retail sales continue upward trend

Early indications from garden retailers show a strong bank holiday and exceptional April.

Garden centres stock up
Garden centres stock up

The weather remained fine across much of the UK for the long weekend, backing up an April which saw sales easily beat 2013 levels after the first quarter was at least a fifth up in most centres.

Discount home and garden retailer JTF saw a 76 per cent rise in sales for April 2014 compared to April 2013. Garden power was 319 per cent up, fertilisers and chemicals were 91 per cent up, horticulture was 87 per cent up and growing media was 70 per cent up.

JTF's top selling product was Miracle Gro all purpose compost 50 litre which saw 28,000 units sold.

JTF's Gez Smith said: "We're really pleased with the results so far. They re-inforce our belief that garden retail is a great opportunity for growth at JTF. Like everyone else, we just hope the favourable weather will continue for a while longer yet."

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