Garden centre sales continued their upward trajectory for a fourth successive week, with pent-up demand, better weather and poor May 2012 figures helping to boost like-for-like sales statistics.
Overall, sales were up 34 per cent on the same week in 2012.
According to garden centre figures supplied to Horticulture Week, the aquatics category was up 40 per cent in the week to 12 May, clothing was up 20 per cent, food was up 22 per cent, garden furniture was up 300 per cent, and garden sundries was up 55 per cent.
Gifts sales were up five per cent, houseplants were up four per cent, the outdoor plants category was up 60 per cent, pets was up five per cent and restaurant was up 20 per cent.
Only books and crafts were down - by four per cent and two per cent, respectively.