Dutch plant export and garden centres sales 20-40% up

June 10, 2020

Royal FloraHolland has seen sales rocket in the last fortnight, while Dutch garden centres, which never closed during coronavirus crisis, are well up on 2019.

The total RoyalFloraHolland auction house turnover (clock and direct) for last week was €101 million. That is 19.5% more compared to the same week last year (week 23 2019). "This is exceptional since the same week last year had one auction day more (Whit Monday last year fell into week 24, this year into week 23)." 


The week's clock turnover amounted to 36.88 million. That is 5.3% more compared to the same week last year. A total of more than 95.6 million units were supplied for the clock. Of the week's supply, 1.1% remained unsold (1.2% cut flowers, 0.2% houseplants and 0.5% garden plants). This means that the amount of unsold products is lower than last week (2.4%).

 

The previous week saw total turnover (clock and direct) amounting to €116.41 million. That is 41.4% more compared to the same week last year (week 22 2019). The week's clock turnover was 41.49 million euros. That is 12.2% more compared to the same week last year. A total of more than 116.2 million units were supplied for the clock. Of the week's supply, 2.4% was unsold (2.5% cut flowers, 0.2% house plants and 0.7% garden plants). This means that the unsold percentage figures are almost the same as last week.

 

In week 21 to 22 May, the total turnover (clock and direct) of the week amounted to €101.38 million. That is 12.2% less compared to the same week last year (week 21 2019). The week's clock turnover was 35.77 million euros. That was 28.3% less compared to the same week last year. A total of more than 102.5 million units were supplied for the clock. Of this week's supply, 2.4% went unsold (2.5% cut flowers, 0.1% houseplants and 0.1% garden plants). 

 

Dutch growers won a €600m coronanvirus bailout from their Government in April. UK growers are seeking £250m.

 

Dutch garden centres are up 21.4% compared to 2019 year to date. Non-growing products late April were up 62.2%, according to Tuinbranche Nederland. 

 

Source: Horticulture Week

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