In This Issue
Who will take up the gardening sales gap as at least 60 Homebase stores close?
Visit Bathgate Horticulture at this year’s Four Oaks and Glee Trade Shows, for a chance to WIN an Apple iPad*
Gardman stock rebuild delayed by production constraints
Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial
August lows at heat takes its toll
Mr Fothergill's is Fabulous at 40!
GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists
More new products from Wildlife World at Glee
Dogs welcome at popular Perthshire garden centre
Gardman are proud partners to the RBL in Centenary Year
Lawn tractor effort recognised as a world record
Greenfingers features in The People's Friend magazine
Futureproof year-round sales with Fordingbridge
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
All change for August plant sales
Wasps provide support for sales
Multi-purpose uplift for Growing Media
Wild Bird Care sales cool down
Trans-Continental Group continues growth plans by adding to sales team
Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn
The best of last week's
What a month for Blue Diamond!
Homebase gardening buyers face redundancy as Swindon office set to close
Squire’s purchases Frensham Garden Centre
July continues the year of extremes
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
Buy your subscription to GTN Bestsellers
All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Biggest ever lunch! opens next month!
Johnsons of Whixley supply garden display for global coffee brand
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August lows at heat takes its toll


The heat continued to take its toll on garden centre sales last week. We’ve now had five consecutive weeks of sales volumes down on last year. And even plant sales dropped below last year’s volumes for the first time since mid-April.


Hopefully the rain and cooler weather this week will re-ignite gardening activity and most importantly make it more appealling for people to eat and drink in garden centre restauarants.


In all the years we’ve been reporting on garden centre sales this is the first time we’ve had consitent reports to say that catering has been down. 


Perhaps air conditioning will move up the list of priorities when it comes to re-vamping and increasing coffee shop and restauarnt seating areas. 


But then again we’ll have all forgotten about the heatwave by the time Christmas is in full swing during October!


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 31

  • Garden Products Top 50 – up 1%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 2%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – down 41%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – down 44%
  • All Plants index – down 1%
  • All Items index – down 9%

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