Ireland: 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.

“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.

“The heatwave in July led to a hosepipe ban which, in turn, resulted in like-for-like garden centre sales declines of -2.28pc, as gardeners stayed away from their gardening duties.”

Read more at the Sunday Independent (Samantha McCaughren)

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