Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market
Yes, the summer has admittedly been a bit of a washout, but the wet weather doesn't seem to have dampened the spirits of the garden retailers and suppliers we spoke to for our recent garden market special. While many acknowledged conditions weren't exactly ideal (including the wettest drought on record!) the comments we had were far from the doom and gloom one might have predicted.

The Jubilee and Olympics may not have given everyone the boost they'd hoped for but the most important thing is that sales don't seem to have suffered. While other retail sectors bemoaned the lack of customers and falling sales during the Olympic period, some DIY and garden outlets flourished, as the sunny weather in the last week of August bolstered sales of beleaguered outdoor living ranges.

Of course the rain wasn't all bad, boosting sales of slug and snail pellets - something I can relate to, having declared war on the slimy buggers in my own garden!

Most retailers have been philosophical about any hindrances, have learnt lessons and are already planning ways to make up lost sales over the rest of the year.

I think it says a lot about the character and determination of the industry, echoing the sentiment of the HTA's Andrew Maxted who described the overwhelming feeling of 'being in it together' this season.

In fact, it is likely that the robust and almost 'recession-proof' nature of the garden centre sector is what is proving attractive to a growing number of investors coming in to the industry. And with so many individual and exciting businesses, it is little wonder.

Which brings me neatly to our upcoming DIY Week Awards. Not only will the event see the industry come together for a fun evening, a spot of networking and a few glasses of bubbly but it will also provide the perfect opportunity to raise a glass and celebrate the stand-out products and retailers that make our industry what it is.

Whether you want to enter your own product or business, or even nominate someone else, please do. We work hard all year, in the face of whatever the weather and economy throws our way, so don't pass up the opportunity for a bit of recognition.
View User Profile for Fiona Garcia Blog entries from Fiona Garcia, DIY Week editor





Posted by Fiona Garcia | 20 September 2012 | 12:54 | More from: Editor's Blog

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By Jamie Sarner
Lots of great info for somebody from Canada. Thanks!
Comments are closed on this post.
*

Latest reader comments

re: Carl Kammerling Fusion 2021 Trade Promotion – Filled with exciting new deals!

MIKE
GOOD AFTERNOON,WE USED TO DEAL WITH YOUR COMPANY MANY YEARS AGO, BUYING LARGE STOCKS OF DELETED AND RETURNS ITEMS.IF YOU HAVE ANY CLEARANCE ...

re: Toolbank

Bilal Ali
Hi Trust you are doing great. My name is Bilal Ali. I am the owner of Azaan International Ltd, a company specialized in products. We are ...

re: Woolworths staff reunited by new website

John Zullo
Hi I'm trying to find Lisa assistant manager of woolworths in the metro centre 1999 I only now her by her 1st and middle name Lisa Marie ...

re: Planning application submitted for new Homebase store in Abingdon

Gel
They closed their store last year!http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17570442.homebase-abingdon-starts-closing-sale/...

re: Latest update on Green Homes Grant and implications for homeowners and landlords

John Hart
After applying for a green homes how long will it take for a decision? thanks...

Most read stories