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Plants are the winners, pets lose out

The sale of pet products in French garden centres declined in 2017.

France's green sector can breathe a sigh of relief. After a poor year in 2016, garden centres were able to report growth in sales of 1.6 per cent in 2017. Garden centres in the northwest and southeast of the country even reported an increase in excess of two per cent.

This growth occurred almost exclusively in the months of February to April, not least thanks to the forecast of good spring weather. The rest of the year ran contrary to this, with a downward trend for several months.

Sales growth was driven primarily by plants and garden products (+ 3.2 per cent), the core business of garden centres, but pushed down by a fall in the sales of pet products of over 2.4 per cent. Sector experts attribute this to the growing online trade in pet supplies.

|15 February 2018

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