In This Issue
Westland buy Gardman
Gardman was on brink of Administration
Jail for garden centre owner who stole almost half a million from elderly mother
Great start to Christmas sales in garden centres
Westland are Choice Supplier of the Year
Resentments simmer as town loses garden centre
Group appointments signal opportunities ahead
GIMA Knowledge Exchange Workshops – four more confirmed for autumn/winter schedule
Japanese Award for T&M’s Sunflower SunBelievable ‘Brown Eyed Girl’
Home Garden Conference: how to reach the next generations?
New Sales Structure for AMES UK
Christmas department opens at Haskins Garden Centres
Johnsons of Whixley announces first two management trainees as it gears up for future growth
Garden centre helps junior football team look the part
Spooky times at Squire's Garden Centres
Rhipsalis: November Houseplant of the Month
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Garden product sales in good health
Autumn gardening activity boosts growing media sales
New products dominate early Christmas sales
Cyclamen sales reach record high
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APL members build exclusive partnership with Home Solutions from John Lewis
The best of last week's
Gardman up for sale
Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of five of its largest garden centres to Dobbies Garden Centres
Change of ownership but business as usual for Bransford Webbs
September sales just above average
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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September sales just above average


Whilst garden centre total volume sales for September 2018 were 2% down on 2017, they were 2% up on the average for September over the previous seven years.


So, we didn’t quite get the Indian Summer peak we were hoping for but at only 2.8% down in total year on year a good run through to Christmas could still see total sales volumes reach parity on last year.


Next week we will publish our first Top 50 Christmas Products chart.  From the early sales data this week here are the instant Christmas Bestsellers as Christmas displays open:

  1. History & Heraldry Angel Hanging Decoration
  2. Suki Personalised Angel Ornament
  3. Suki Personalised Snowman/Snowgirl Ornament
  4. History & Heraldry Personalised Gift Box
  5. Armitages Dog Advent Calendar

GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 39

  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 12%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 26%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 19%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – up 8%
  • All Plants index – up 12%
  • All Items index – up 1%

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