January garden centre sales figures show significant improvement on snow-hit 2013

Garden centre sales for January were 14.72 per cent up on the same month in 2013, according to Garden Centre Association (GCA) figures.

Snow hit sales badly in January 2013 and while this year saw heavy rain, garden centres still fared better.

Garsons managing director Ian Richardson said: "By the end of March 2014 we will be six-to-seven per cent up. The underlying factor is that it snowed last year but not this year, so we're up all over the site."

GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: "January is not-weather-dependent unless snow makes access impassible like last year. But closer to spring, weather is more influential. Too much rain is not good for gardening. We have to dry out soon."

Garden centre sales

Category January 2014
Houseplants 15.23%
Outdoor plants 39.97%
Seeds and bulbs 12.87%
Sundries 9.02%
Furniture and barbecues 22.35%
Pets and aquatics 14.94%
Gifts 19.72%
Christmas 27.65%
Hard landscaping 24.55%
Food 20.99%
Clothing 9.28%
Catering 14.77%
Overall 14.72%

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