Bank holiday a damp squib for garden centres But the forecast warm September will help to restore balance
August Bank Holiday 2018 was NOT a record breaker. Unlike the Bank Holidays earlier in the year, when records were broken across the country, this one passed like a damp squib, according the last week's figures from GTN Bestsellers.
Still, we should not complain. While garden centre sales have been slower than everyone would like during August, the prospect of a warm September bodes well for a boost to garden activity to drive footfall. Let’s hope that is the case, as organisations like the British Retail Consortium are forecasting a tough September for retail in general.
Spring-flowering bulb sales should gather momentum over the next few weeks, especially where displays are given extra prominence.