Clothing and food sales up in September

Garden centres saw good sales in clothing and food hall/farm shops during September according to the Garden Centre Association?s (GCA) barometer of trade results.

Clothing sales were up 30% compared to the same month in 2014 while food hall/farm shop sales were up 14.5%.

Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, explained: ?The weather during September gave gardeners great conditions for beginning their autumn planning and planting. Sales in clothing were up during the month so it would seem customers were not only preparing their gardens for the changing season, but were preparing themselves too by stocking up on wellies and waterproofs.

?It was only back in July that clothing and food hall/farm shops were on the rise and it is interesting to see this repeat for September. With the onset of autumn many food halls and farm shops changed their seasonal produce so had something new and tasty for customers to pick up and try.?

Katie Eckley, manager at The Old Railway Line Garden Centre in Powys, which was recently name Best Garden Centre in the Wales & West at the GCA?s regional awards, said: ?Overall September was quite a flat month for us even with the weather being pretty good. Plants and outdoor living suffered but catering, clothing, garden sundries and food hall pulled it back for us. Clothing showed very strong sales and was over 54% up. As a result of these sales we have added more lines for the autumn.?

The GCA barometer of trade results are compiled using actual sales figures and provide an up-to-date trading position statement.

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