Garden centre sales dry up in hosepipe ban
The hosepipe ban turned people off gardening in July, which resulted in a fall off in sales at garden centres, according to new figures.
The Grant Thornton/Retail Excellence review of quarter three showed that garden centre sales fell 2.28pc in the month, as gardeners cut back on activities. Overall like-for-like sales were up just under 1pc for the three-month period, with Retail Excellence claiming extra spending was driven mainly by a boost to grocery sales.
"If grocery sales growth is removed from the equation, the Irish retail industry is experiencing like-for-like declines," said Retail Excellence group CEO David Fitzsimons.
Grocery sales experienced robust growth over the period due to exceptional hot weather and a resulting boost in the sale of alcohol, soft drinks and frozen confectionery. August was the most productive month, with the football World Cup driving grocery sales, and brown goods (televisions and sound systems) showing a 4pc jump in July in advance of the event.
Fitzsimons sounded a note of concern about spending in the coming months. "The outlook is concerning for Irish retail, especially so after the delivery of Budget 2019 which delivered little for the domestic economy."
Sunday Indo Business