31 July 2019
DIDCOT, UK: A wetter and more overcast June meant garden centre sales in the UK were 2% down on last year for the month of June, however non-garden categories performed well; and a strong start to 2019 means sales remain up for year to June comparisons, according to the June 2019 issue of HTA Market Update published this week.
Garden centre sales are 10% up based on the calendar year to June 2019 vs 2018. Houseplants saw the highest increase at +20% for the calendar year to June, followed by growing media at +16%.
Weather reports show that June 2019 was wetter than June of last year across most of the UK; recording the highest number of rain days and most rainfall for the month of June since 2012.
HTA Director of Membership, Martin Simmons comments, “In June, houseplant sales continued to grow, but sales of garden and outdoor ranges suffered in the wetter weather. Non-garden categories like gifting and pets, performed well in June. It’s good to see that a strong start to the year means year to date comparisons remain up on last year for all of the product categories reported.”
This issue looks at garden centre sales, overall market performance and contains a topical feature looking at what consumers say they use their gardens for.
The July edition of HTA Market Update is now available free for members to download from the HTA website, by logging in and then going to the Market Information pages at https://hta.org.uk/learn-develop/market-information.html