May Day sales surge - GCA April sales figures

Sales over the May Day bank holiday were good, but not as good as Easter weekend, garden retailers have reported.

Scotsdale managing director Caroline Owen said the company was 14 per cent up on last year's May bank holiday. Hardy plants, bedding and garden sundries sold best but furniture was down on the previous weekend because it was colder.

Dobbies said sales were 70 per cent up like-for-like over the fortnight of holidays, including 20 per cent up over May Day weekend. Chief executive James Barnes added: "It's the best start to the gardening season that our country has ever witnessed."










Tim Stainton, managing director at supplier Gardman UK, said sales were 10 per cent up on April 2010. "Two bank holidays, sunny weather, good availability and the right ranges have combined to give Gardman a record sales month for April," he added.

"Another record for us is getting 103 truckloads out in one day - 20 per cent up on our previous record."

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