After all that rain we wanted the sunshine, but not the heat. Sales for the last week dropped by 4% and that meant June overall sales volumes, as measured by the GTN Bestsellers Epos data, were down by 12% on June 2018.
Given the great June we had last year the comparison against 2017 and a nine-year average maybe more telling: Up by 0.4% vs 2017 and up by 4.6% vs our June nine-year average.
Now that we should have worked all of the spring/early summer seasonality out of the year the half year position for total sales volumes gives a clear indication of the market: Up 1.9% vs 2018, up by 0.4%.
How many other retail businesses will be reporting that strong a performance? Garden centres continue to perform well! Long may that continue. See you at SOLEX.
GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 26) Garden Products - down 8% Growing Media - down 4% Wild Bird Care - down 3% Veg-2-Gro - up 6% All Plants Index - down 24% All Items Index - up 1%