Dutch garden centres and plant shops turned over over €3.8bn last year, a rise of 6% on 2015, sector umbrella group Tuinbranche Nederland said on Thursday.
‘We are approaching the pre crisis level of over €4bn,’ deputy director Brenda Horstra said. ‘Everything points towards it being a good season.’ The upturn on the housing market and falling unemployment are driving the increase in sales, she said.
Garden sheds and greenhouses were in demand, with sales up 12%.
Garden centres have expanded massively in recent years, in particular into Christmas decorations. The sale of Christmas trees and other seasonal items rose 17% last year to €172m.
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