Sales reflect winter suffering before bouncing back

Garden centre sales figures have revealed the true extent of their winter suffering, with some plant-based stores down more than 20 per cent in each month from January to March.

They almost all bounced back in April, but many lost more than 10 per cent on 2009 in May. However, June was well up on last year. Overall, according to Garden Centre Association South Thames figures, centres were two per cent down by the end of June 2010.

Wisley Plant Centre fared worst at 11 per cent down, as the cold winter and early spring hit plants sales. Larger centres such as Haskins Ferndown, Forest Lodge, Polhill, Ruxley Manor and Stewarts Christchurch did best in the region, continuing sales growth.

Garden centre sales
Year-on-year (2009-10) movement in garden centre sales:

January Down 10 per cent
February Down 8 per cent
March Down 14 per cent
April Up 6 per cent
May Down 3 per cent
June Up 7 per cent

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