In This Issue
Sprowston, the last Wyevale Garden Centre, finally transfers to British Garden Centres
Daro preview new products for 2020
Dobbies preview their 2020 ranges for the National Press
Durstons show they're a 'Class Act'
Are garden centres a panacea from election blues?
New £2m market-leading distribution centre takes centre stage at Kettler HQ
Christmas gets personal – sales up by 26%
Two days to go until Cultivating Retail
Zext 4 Leisure's MD honoured at business awards
Tong elected to partner American supplier of environmentally friendly festive ornaments
Supa Ltd launches two new pet carriers
Squire's holds Remembrance Afternoon Tea for charity
Langlands Pudsey experience for Children in Need
Mr Fothergill's Staff smarten up for Children in Need
Funding for commercial horticulture students thanks to Peter Seabrook & BPOA
Cyclamen outsell pansies by three to one
Growing media sales defy the weather
Harry starts Management Trainee Scheme
Pots sales uplift
The best of last week's
Christmas sales race ahead of last year
The Flowerbowl Story - Guy Topping, Barton Grange Group
FUNdraising dinner honours amazing Greenfingers supporters
Deco-Pak’s Craig Hall remembers Greenfingers on his wedding day
HTA says £30k salary threshold for overseas workers will inhibit expansion for growers
Best Family Business Award for Hillmount Ards
Planet, People, Profit – three Ps of sustainability
Garden Centre Photo Tours
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Casual Dining goes big with first Keynote announcement
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Are garden centres a panacea from election blues?
GTN Bestsellers Analysis


Garden centres appear to be the ideal place to get away from all that Election and Brexit “stuff” and a refuge away from the very wet weather.


In the spring wet weeks and weekends cause a severe dip in sales, but last week was the second week in succession that total volme garden centre sales have been up by 13% on the same week last year.  And that is despite all that rain!


At this rate, as the election gets nearer and more customers look to garden centres for escape and a warm winter treat we could be looking at a bumper November for all sales and especially Christmas.


GTN’s Christmas Top 50 index is now running at 12.5% up year on year and the increase in footfall to visit wonderful Christmas displays is also driving increases in Garden products, Growing media, gifts and food.  We’ve also nioticed a significant increase in the sales of Toys & Games this Christmas season. 


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 45

  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 70%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 33%
  • Wild Bird Care Top 50 – static 0%
  • Christmas Top 50 – up 20%
  • All Plants index – static 0%
  • All Items index - up 13%

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