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What a month for Blue Diamond!
Squire’s purchases Frensham Garden Centre
July continues the year of extremes
Blue Diamond East Bridgford and Webbs of Wychbold are top GCA Midlands centres
Plant sales continue up on last year
The Old Railway Line and Monkton Elm are GCA top centres in Wales & West
Gardening heads growth in UK online sales
Homebase gardening buyers face redundancy as Swindon office set to close
Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn
Garden centres share The Sun's Prettiest Rose glory
SunBelievable displays at RHS Hyde Hall by T&M
Ball Colegrave host successful GCA Planteria Forum
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Adam Dunnett leaves Wyevale Nurseries to join Hilliers
Lowest Top 50 July week for Garden Products
Christmas spuds get growing
Growing Media follows plants upward trend
Sunshine sends garden centre sales soaring
The best of last week's
Acquisition of outdoor leisure firm Anchor Fast presents new category for Kelkay
20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news
Dobbies promote COO Jenkins to chief executive role
£30k damage in forklift ram raid on Notts garden centre
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July continues the year of extremes


Has the heatwave switched custiomer buying away from gifts and home and more into the garden?  That’s a conclusion that can be drawn from July’s GTN Bestsellers analysis.  Overall garden centre volume sales for the month were down by 11% while plants and other gardening lines were up on last year.


In this year of extremes, the last week of July recorded the lowest July weeks sales volumes since at least 2011.  That’s not a disaster as sales volumes during the holiday period are lower anyway, but centres will be working hard to encourage footfall, especially in areas where staycations are being taken.



GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 30

  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 6%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – static 0%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – down 25%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – down 32%
  • All Plants index – up 14%
  • All Items index – down 15%

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