GCA: April showers didn?t dampen plant sales?

GARDEN centre customers were busy buying plants last month (April, 2014) according to the GCA’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) results.

The resultsreleased on May 16,which are the only official figures to be given by the GCA for April trading, revealed outdoor plant sales were up 24.23% compared to April, 2013.

Will Armitage, Chairman of the GCA, explained: ?April was a particularly good month for our member garden centres, with the majority of areas performing well.

?The late Easter and fine weather towards the end of the month certainly saw more people headed for their gardens and helped to boost sales.

?Other good performers during the month were furniture and barbecue sales 51.50% up, hard landscaping 21.87% up, garden sundries 16.64% up and food hall/farm shop 13.58% up.?

The GCA BoT reports are compiled using actual sales figures and provide an up-to-date trading position statement. They are made available mid-month following the end of the prior month after all member garden centres have submitted their results.

The reports allow members to compare their trading positions with other centres.

Alistair Bertram, Managing Director of Garden Wise Plant and Garden Centre in Dumfries, said: ?April was tremendous for us, it all came together with advertising, Easter and the weather just right. After such a wet winter customers were able to get into their gardens and do something.

?It is an accumulation of other factors all coming together too, like customers?realising we had extended the garden centre and the fact we won the accolade of ?Best Garden Centre in Scotland? last year, which was judged by the GCA inspectors. We were also fully stocked with quality plants and sundries.

?However, I think this season will finish early so all the large increases will?reduce to more sensible increases by the time we get to July.?All in all this year will still see the best garden centre sales we have seen for quite a few years.?

For further information, please call 0118 930 8918. Alternatively, please visit www.gca.org.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/pages/GardenCentreAssociationorfollow the organisation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GC_Association.

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