Wyevale denies rumours of severe drop in sales figures

Wyevale has denied trade rumours that it is trading at several per cent down on 2007 and says its like-for-like sales are in line with the rest of the industry. A representative said: "We won't quote numbers but this has not been a season that anyone will remember fondly."

He said figures corresponded with GCA and HTA statistics of level, or slightly below, the key first six months. The representative added that grow-your-own and plants had done well and garden furniture had been a "nightmare".

Kingfisher has said gardening was 40 per cent down in April-May and Homebase is quoted as saying the area was 25 per cent down.

But specialist garden centres are holding up, said the Wyevale representative.

Meanwhile, Wyevale has opened the first in a new generation of "eco-concessions" at its Syon Park branch in London. A second ECO-St is due to open at Wyevale in World's End, Wendover, later this month.

ECO-St helps customers to calculate their carbon footprint and advises on how to use less energy.

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