Garden Centres Canada reveals survey results

September 03, 2010
Written by Canadian Nursery and Landscape Associatio
Sept. 3, 2010 -  The CNLA and Garden Centres Canada have compiled the results of the organization’s annual survey of garden centre members. Overall the data compiled confirms that the majority of businesses are now open for almost 12 months of the year. Highlights from the survey also include:
  • The average dollar sale per customer has increased from $77.74 (in 2007) to $98.76 (in 2008) to $108.42 (in 2009).
  • 72 per cent of garden centre members indicated an increase of five per cent in their customer count.
  • 22 per cent of respondents reported a 5 to 10 per cent increase in profits in 2009.
  • 84 per cent of garden centre members operate websites. The number of businesses looking to capitalize on sales from e-commerce is growing from 10 per cent in 2008 to 18 per cent in 2009.
  • Average labour expense for most garden centres is around 15 per cent.
  • The majority of people said the greatest challenge for the year 2009 was the uncertainty of the economic situation and controlling costs. For 2010, members are looking to increase sales, keep their sales even with 2009 and stay focused on growing their sales. 
To see full results from the survey, visit CNLA's website.

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