Core gardening continues to be the driver for purchases at garden centres since re-opening. Garden Product sales are 41% up since May 13th, Growing Media sales up by 60% and Veg 2 Gro sales up by 42% in an overall mix of sales that are 13% up on volume.
Plant sales volumes since re-opening are only showing an increase of 6% but the variety of plants being purchased is at an all time high, probably due to a lack of bedding plants. During the second week of June this year, GTN Bestsellers recorded sales of 390 different genus/types of plants, up by 29% on the same week last year.
It really does seem that people are buying anything and everything they can to enjoy their garden during the crisis. Let’s hope suppliers and growers can keep up the great work so that the garden centre shopping experience can continue to be safe and satisfying.
GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 24
• Garden Products Top 50 – up 45%
• Growing Media Top 50 – up 45%
• Wild Bird Care Top 50 – up 15%
• Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 125%
GTN Bestsellers All Sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 24
• All Plants with Barcode index – up 65%
• All Items with Barcode index – up 34%
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