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Wyevale sells Worthing Ferring Garden Centre to Cobbins Nursery
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Solabiol Top Lawn is flying off the shelves
Garden centre sales drop back to "average" after wet and cold start to May
Vitavia encourages more gardeners to get a greenhouse
Plant sales opportunities from the Greenfingers Charity’s RHS Chelsea garden
Bestselling plants keep on increasing sales
TV gardener to open new look garden at Tong GC
GIMA members smash records during a bumper spring
Plastic bags turn into cash for Greenfingers Charity
Return of Haskins' bloomin’ popular Rose Festival
Glendoick Garden Centre wins prestigious award
Evergreen Garden Care’s Mark Portman to take to the skies for Greenfingers
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Growing Media sales up on 2017 & 2018
Veg plant sales see increase
Wild Bird Care still below 2017
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April ends on a high but it's still an average sales month
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April ends on a high but it's still an average sales month


The last week of April, the second of the Easter Fortnight, was the best week 17 for volume sales since 2011. It was up 18% on last year but that could only help overall April sales to just below last year and almost spot on the average for April over the past nine years.

April turnover will most likely be reported as up year on year and possibly a record by some as the substantial early sales of garden furniture will no doubt have swollen takings whilst not adding huge unit volumes.

Now that Easter and Mother’s Day are past the year to date position of up 13.0% can be reconciled as definitely being weather related. Against 2017 sales the GTN Bestsellers Index is on a par.



GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 17)

  • Garden Products – up 14%
  • Growing Media – up 30%
  • Wild Bird Care – up 9%
  • Veg-2-Gro – up 102%
  • All Plants index – up 23%
  • All Items index – up 18%

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