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Plant sales lead the way – up 456% compared to last year


Plant sales led the way as garden centres experienced huge swings for the first week of March compared to last year. Remember the snow from The Beast from the East saw GTN Bestsellers recording the worst ever weekly sales for garden centres this time last year.

Now we can report increases of over 450% for plant sales and growing media with the overall sales increase for All Products exceeded 200%.

Comparisons just with last year, whilst spectacular are not the best to use for real sales indications, but if we compare the first week of March over the previous eight years then 2019 is within 2% of the highest week we have recorded, which was in 2012.

Without Storm Freya, which hit Sunday sales across the country, then 2019 would probably have been the best ever which is a good omen.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 9):

  • Garden Products – up 197%
  • Growing Media – up 457%
  • Wild Bird Care – down 27%
  • Veg-2-Gro – up 213%
  • All Plants index – up 459%
  • All Items index – up 202%

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