The sunshine and warmer weather of last week has seen garden centre sales jump back above the ‘new normal’ level of significantly up year on year.
Last week’s sales volumes were 32% up on last year, eight percentage points ahead of the average weekly increase since garden centres re-opened.
Core ‘new gardening’ activity drove sales with big increases for pot sales and growing media but there were also big rises for lawn care, plant care, veg plants and seeds plus record levels of ‘Autumn’ plant sales.
Last week also saw significant increases in Christmas products sold. It would appear as soon as Christmas is going on sale customers are happy to buy, despite the Indian Summer weather.
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GTN Bestsellers Top 50 sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 36
• Garden Products Top 50 – up 9%
• Growing Media Top 50 – up 78%
• Wild Bird Care Top 50 – up 23%
• Veg 2 Gro Top 50 – up 42%
GTN Bestsellers All Sales volumes compared to the same week last year: week 36
• All Plants with Barcode index – up 48%
• All Items with Barcode index – up 32%
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