The 2009 Garden Centres Canada survey results are in. Thanks to the Garden Centres Canada Committee, who championed the initiative, we had a 10% response rate for our GCC survey and we are happy to report on emerging new retail trends and overall GCC members’ performance.
The data compiled confirms industry trends including the fact that majority of businesses are open almost 12 months a year.
An emerging trend shows increased volumes of sales in the ‘medium category’ of sales totaling between $1,000,000-$2,000,000. In addition, to enforce a more positive outlook for the 2009 season, the survey results show that the average dollar sale per customer has increased from $77.74 (in 2007) to $98.76 (in 2008) and to $108.42 (in 2009), suggesting that customers have the money to spend on garden centres’ offerings despite the current economic situation. In addition, about 72% of garden centre members indicated an increase of 5% in their customer count.
Another encouraging trend was an increase in profits in 2009, which was true for about 22% of the respondents reporting 5-10% increase and a slight decrease of 2% reported by 26% of garden centre
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