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  • Garden centres see surge in outdoor plant sales in February

    Sales in the outdoor plant category were up 61.1% compared to the same month the previous year (2018).

    Iain Wylie, GCA, said: “This year’s outdoor plant sales figures prove what a difference the weather can make.
     
    “In February 2018 we had the Beast from the East followed by an early Easter washout. This made for a very miserable start to the year.
     
    “This year the weather has been much milder, with only a dusting of snow very early on in the month.
     
    “Gardeners have been able to get on with readying their plots for the season. They’ve also been working on hard landscaping as sales are up 58.79% compared to last year.”
     
    Christmas sales were also up 54.92% during February and furniture and barbecue sales were up 33.61%.
     
    Sales in garden sundries were up 29.66%, seed and bulb sales were up 24.5% and houseplant sales were up 16.96%.
     
    Iain added: “So far we have had a very positive start to the year, and long may it continue. Both retailers and suppliers will be mindful of the big figures that came last year when the weather improved. Those figures will be difficult to beat.”
     
    Sales in pets and aquatics were up 3.58%, gift sales were up 2.17% and catering sales were up 12.87%.
     
    Clothing sales were up 5.88% and food hall and farm shop sales were up 2.87%.
     
    Sales for the month were up 19.91% with a year to date change of 13.71%.
     
    The GCA BoT reports use actual sales figures and provide an up-to-date trading position statement.
     
    The BoT reports allow members to compare their trading positions with other centres.

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