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Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase winners
Plant sales up as primulas lead the way
Kelkay win GWP business from rivals
Gardenex secures funding for National Hardware Show
Hillier Nurseries and partners going extra mile to support new Maggie’s Centre Southampton
Pictures from GCA Conference themed-party night
Zest 4 Leisure reveals Charity of the Year for 2020
Award-winning reputation grows for leading garden centre
Gordale staff star in BBC One TV programme
Clothing and houseplants show increases in December
Freedom of City of London granted to compost firm's MD
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LeisureGrow Group Enhances Sales Management Team with Focus on Pet, Garden & Lighting Growth
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Garden retail expert bolsters Vitax’s sales team
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Empathy by PlantWorks appoint sales manager for the North
Wild Bird Care sales down
Flymo announces its Ambassador for 2020
Red Baron and Pink Fir Apple lead in the veg patch
HTA applaud vote to keep Universal Business Rates in Scotland
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January sales up on past three years
Glee at Spring Fair is open
Launch of Young People in Horticulture Association
Lubera win award for Best Novelty Bedding Plant
HTA comments on Brexit and Environment Bill
January plant sales are a good omen for a great 2020
Gardenex announces Joe Denham as new chairman
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Casual Dining previews new exhibitors & new launches for 2020
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January sales up on past three years
GTN Bestsellers analysis


Although overall sales dipped again week on week, we’ve now had four consecutive weeks of total garden centre sales volumes that are up on all of the past three years.  Even better news for the season ahead is that plant sales are driving those January gardening sales increases.


The GTN Bestsellers weekly sales indexes show that Plants are the only gardening category that is up year to date, by 9.5% currently.


Away from gardening related products the GTN Bestsellers Epos database has seen a huge number of kitchenware sales made in January. Perhaps the link between growing food (the indicators are good for Veg 2 Gro sales this year) and cooking is one that customers really get and are therefore more than happy to choose garden centres as their place to buy new cookware and other kitchen and home items.


Congratulations to all the winners at the GCA Conference this week, but special congratulations to Barton Grange and Fron Goch the Garden Centre of the Year winners and both past gold award winners in GTN’s Greatest Awards.  With GCA garden centres of excellence leading the way it’s no wonder garden centres continue to shine through an overall bleak picture for retail in the UK.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 4

Garden Products Top 50 – down 2%

Growing Media Top 50 – down 43

Wild Bird Care Top 50 – down 17%

Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 17% 

All Plants index – up 20%

All Items index – up 13%


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