June sales off to a bright start, according to Bestsellers
Sales volumes dropped off as we moved into June but it was a much better start to the month than last year. Compared to 2017, week 23 saw volumes up by 32%, driven mainly by plant sales and growing media.
If gardeners keep being active, then there is still time to get sales back closer to parity by the half year. In a year of such dismal retail news from the ‘high street’, sales performances for garden centres close to static year on year are testament to the strength of our entrepreneurship and unique offerings.
Fleet of foot decision making by management teams who are very close to the business will have been the reason garden centres will have made more of May and early June trading than big groups, DIY and supermarkets who because of their size are slower to react to market changes. We will be watching their trading statements over the coming weeks.
GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year (week 23) Garden Products - up 32% Growing Media - up 54% Veg-2-Gro - down 7% Wild Bird Care - down 7% All Plants Index - up 51% All Items Index - up 32%