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Sinclair sales nipped in the bud as freeze hits gardeners


British gardeners have suffered one of the slowest starts to the growing season for years with daffodils and snowdrops still crowding the flowerbeds where bedding plants would normally be taking root by now.

With the key Easter holiday weekend a complete freeze-out, William Sinclair, the listed company behind J Arthur Bowers composts, today said its usual spring sales had yet to start.

It added: “The slow start was confirmed by the UK gardening industry which reported very low sales levels in March as consumers remained indoors contemplating their frozen gardens.”

But Sinclair is confident that as the weather warms up it will still achieve the same level of sales, albeit in a shorter time.

In the meantime work at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where Sinclair is supplying new topsoil, has also been delayed by the weather. Shares fell 5p to 114p.