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It's an October low for growing activity
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It's an October low for growing activity

Although there was a small uplift in growing media sales volumes during half term week, overall growing activity, as measured by growing media sales, was down by 17% year-on-year for October at the lowest level since 2014.


That combined with a near 10% drop in plant sales volumes shows the importance of garden centres getting Christmas on sale during October to weatherproof the business.


  • Scotts Levington Essentials Top Soil, 35 litres was the highest climber, up 25 places to No 5.
  • Westland Jack's Magic All Purpose Compost, 60 litres increased sales by 32% to move up to No 3, indicating keener gardeners are the ones still active at the moment.
  • Bord na Mona Growise Multipurpose Compost, 20 litres, saw a 300% increase last week to re-enter at No 35.
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