GCA figures show garden centres enjoy strong July sales

Garden centre sales last month were five per cent up on 2008 with food, catering and gifts topping the charts in a month of poor weather.

Year-to-date sales in garden centres are now 10 per cent ahead of 2008.

Garden Centre Association (GCA) chief executive Gillie Westwood said: "Despite the poor weather, everyone from this snapshot of 21 centres is nearly five per cent up on the month on average. It is heartening to see a lot of categories up."

She said the weather accounted for flat plant sales, while weddings could be behind the surge in gift purchases. Clothing figures have been calculated in a different way this year, accounting for the high increase, but Westwood said garden centres had increased their ranges and concessions in this area.


                                              July 2009                             Year to date

Houseplants                          down 6 per cent                    down 4 per cent

Outdoor plants                      down 1 per cent                      up 12 per cent

Furniture and barbecues         up 7 per cent                         up 3 per cent

Gifts                                     up 23 per cent                       up 10 per cent

Hard landscaping                   up 0.5 per cent                      down 2 per cent

Food/farmshops                    up 22 per cent                       up 13 per cent

Clothing                                up 77 per cent                       up 20 per cent

Catering                                up 16 per cent                       up 14 per cent


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