In This Issue
Reasons to be Cheerful - Parts 1, 2 and 3
Garden Pride Marketing – New Ranges!
Fire destroys Strikes Stokesley Garden Centre
Gardman "able to provide a basic service and provide it very well" from Kings Lynn site
Can we catch up by the end of June?
Fryer's wins Blue Diamond Best Garden Centre award
How organic matter can enhance soil condition
Rivendell & Dukeries win Best Notcutts Performance award
Bicester-based E P Barrus Ltd adds WD-40 to portfolio
DCF invests in the horticulturalists of tomorrow
Bents donates more than £22k to Alzheimer's Society
Entry to GIMA Awards 2018 now open...
New study shows climate change is wreaking havoc on delicate relationship between orchids and bees
Squire’s teach children how to grow their own chips
Headline sponsor of National Garden Scheme contest
Children's cancer charity supported by garden centre
Kerley Primulas win RHS First Class Certificates
Get your own copy of GTN Xtra
Marathon run for Gardman Chairman
Garden centre manager jailed for stealing more than £30,000
Three suspected burglars arrested at Cheshire garden centre
Lawn care sales are a sign of what's to come
Too wet for growing – 12% up needed for next three months
Early Easter boost for tomato plants
New entries fill the gaps on bird care shelves
Tomatoes and herbs dominate veg plant sales
New appointment at Charles Taylor
New Mr Men Little Miss range from T&M
Great range of plugs and liners from Seiont Nurseries
RHS seed ranges now in over 500 outlets in UK
Association of Professional Landscapers appoint new chairman as Ken White steps down
The best of last week's
Owner sought for Home & Garden Group
New Blue Diamond centre takes £250k ex vat in first 7 days
Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Can we catch up by the end of June?


Having to close on Easter Sunday, right at the end of month didn’t help sales at all, which meant that the GTN Bestsellers All Product Sales index for the month was lower than 2013, 35% down on March 2017 and 32% down on the average for March between 2011 and 2017.

We now have 10 weeks to make up sales before the summer lull that usually starts in mid June. 


Parity with last year for April, which included Easter, and then plus 15% during May and June, would put sales at 1% up year on year at the end of June.  Time to dust off all those summer promotional plans!


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 13)

  • Garden Products - down 52%
  • Growing Media - down 52%
  • Veg-2-Gro - down 62%
  • Wild Bird Care - down 42%
  • All Plants Index - down 40%
  • All Items Index - down 35%

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