Garden centres across the country saw a positive start to the year according to the Barometer of Trade (BoT) report with houseplant and outdoor plant sales dominating.
Compared to the same month the previous year, houseplant sales were up by 16.96% up and outdoor plant sales were up by 13.03%.
The Garden Centre Association (GCA) attributed the increase in sales to the much milder weather at the end of 2018, allowing gardening enthusiasts to spend more time outdoors in order to prepare beds and plots for the coming season. The GCA also surmised that their customers seemed keen to bring ‘life’ into their homes to fill the post Christmas decoration gap.
“This continued into January with good sales in outdoor plants and houseplants bringing a positive start to the year and the expectation of a buoyant spring season,” stated Iain Wylie, GCA’s Chief Executive.
Seed and bulb sales were up 5.32% and sales in garden sundries were up 9.02%. Sales in pets and aquatics departments were up 9.03% and hard landscaping sales were up 1.82%.
Christmas sales were also up 12.39%. “It is very pleasing to see a double digit increase in houseplants again, as the category’s resurgence continues,” added Ian.
Overall sales for the month were up 7.6% – a positive start to 2019!