There have been enough dry and sunny spells in between the heavy showers to get people out gardening and into garden centres. We’ve now recorded five weeks in a row of sales volumes up on 2016.
Sales of plants have been particularly strong with volumes as tracked by GTN Bestsellers from EPoS data showing volumes up 16% over the past five weeks.
Our Garden Products Top 50 index hasn’t fared so well with that being 5% down over the same period. Is that due to changing buying patterns or an earlier switch from gardening to Christmas at the start of September?
With only two weeks before we publish the first GTN Bestsellers Christmas chart we are already seeing sizeable volumes of Christmas cards selling through. We will all be hoping the volumes sold for Christmas 2017 make it a bumper year for garden centre trading.
GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year...