GCA reports garden centres up 9.5% in December and up 11% overall on 2008

The garden centre industry ended 2009 11% up on 2008 thanks to good spring weather, the increase in grow-your-own and TV chefs promoting growing and cooking food, according to Garden Centre Association (GCA) chief executive Gillie Westwood.

The GCA returns from 47 garden centres showed December was 9.5% up.

The organisation's annual conference is on 25-27 January at Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel.


SALES BY SECTION

December 2009 compared to December 2008

  • Houseplants -9%       
  • Outdoor plants -3.5%
  • Seeds and bulbs -4%
  • Sundries +3.5%
  • Furniture and barbecues +44%
  • Pets and aquatics +9%
  • Gifts +13%
  • Christmas +8%
  • Hard landscaping +34%
  • Food/farming/clothing +30%

 

2009 compared to 2008

  • Houseplants -3.75%         
  • Outdoor plants +11.75%
  • Seeds and bulbs +12.5%
  • Sundries +12.5%
  • Furniture and barbecues +10%
  • Pets and aquatics +9%
  • Gifts +12.25%
  • Christmas +11.75%
  • Hard landscaping +4%
  • Food/farming/clothing +16-30%

 

SALES BY MONTH

  • December +9.5%
  • November +8.5%
  • October +10%
  • September +11.5%
  • August +14.5%
  • July +5%
  • June +1.35%
  • May -6.6%
  • April +38.5%
  • March +3%
  • February -11%
  • January +9%

 

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