Garden centre sales increase despite all other retail re-opening
Top line analysis of the GTN Bestsellers Epos data for the week starting Monday 15th June, the date when all of retail was allowed to re-open, shows an increase in volume sales of 6% on the previous week and an increase of 39% on the same week last year.
Garden products were one of the sectors to boom with sales of the GTN Bestsellers Top 50 Garden Products chart showing an 11% increase week on week and a 48% increase in volumes year on year.
Driving a lot of those sales will be new gardeners growing their own veg at home. Last week, when normally the veg 2 gro season would be starting to dwindle, saw a 256% increase in sales volumes compared to the same week last year.
"We've had people come to the centre not realising we've been open since the middle of May," one garden centre told GTN Xtra, "it's as though a lot of people have only now just started thinking about shopping at all."