In This Issue
Inspiration and trends at spoga+gafa 2018
Santa's Secret Elf is back for Autumn 2018
Back to school breaks August Blues
Block Blitz to launch new larger pack at Glee 2018
Crossley to target more garden centres after £375,000 in new funding
Seasonal Offer up to 20% OFF* Trade Prices
Heatwave sees furniture and barbecue sales sizzle – but plant sales wilt
Autumn colour dominates GTN Bestsellers plant chart
Sipcam UK and Assured Products to launch RHS partnership range at Glee
Hilliers appoint two more family members to board
Wyevale Nurseries to ditch black pots in war on plastic
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Squires Christmas starts in October
Lighting brightens up garden product sales volumes
Herbs star for Veg-2-Go sales
Top soil and bulb planting compost hit the high spots
The best of last week's
Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of four more garden centres
Over 95% of Homebase creditors vote in favour of CVA
Great expectations for Glee 2018
AMES UK on the road to further expansion
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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All the latest news from the world of garden centre catering
Brand new products, trends and innovations at lunch! 2018
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Back to school breaks August Blues


August 2018 was on a par with August 2014 and 6% lower in total volume sales than 2017.  We have to go back to 2011 and 2012 to see August sales levels that we were significantly lower than this year.


And that fits with the reports of low footfall during the hot weeks when people weren’t shopping anywhere, let alone garden centres.


The good thing is that as the weather has cooled and children have gone back to school, garden centre sales volumes have started to move up.  Hopefully an Indian Summer during September will see plenty of activity and increased sales.


GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 35

  • Garden Products Top 50 – down 40%
  • Growing Media Top 50 – up 7%
  • Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 36%
  • Wild Bird Care Products Top 50 – up 3%
  • All Plants index – up 9%
  • All Items index – down 3%

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