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  • A solid October for merchants

    Total merchant sales in October were the highest since GfK began compiling BMBI sales data in July 2014 – a potential cause for celebration. However we cannot ignore likely the impact of inflation, with many sectors reporting substantial price increases over the past 12 months. That said, merchants significantly out-performed ONS Construction Output in October… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 15th December 2017

  • BMBI wins Best Product Launch at the Construction Marketing Awards

    BMBI wins Best Product Launch at the Construction Marketing Awards The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) has won Best Product Launch at the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) for what the judges described as “an innovative offering to the market.” The CMAs recognise the marketing achievements of organisations and individuals in the construction industry. The… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 8th December 2017

  • Crystal Direct comment: Q3 2017

    It was a challenging third quarter for merchants selling PVC-U windows and doors, possibly linked to a slowdown in consumer confidence: quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year enquiry levels were well down. Nevertheless, builders’ merchants’ sales of PVC-U windows and doors were up around 15% in Q3 2017 compared with the same period last year. This level of… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Keylite Roof Windows comment: Q3 2017

    Overall BMBI reports growth of around 7% on the previous year when adjusted for trading days. But taking price inflation into account we get a more accurate picture of the market, which is in a current state of limbo – a reflection of the economy. Total UK construction figures are lower, pulled down by infrastructure… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Timbmet comment: Q3 2017

    Timber and Panel Products had a slow start to the third quarter of 2017, but enquiry levels improved as we moved into September and the improvement is continuing in Q4. We are finding ways to live with the continuing political uncertainty from protracted Brexit negotiations, but the uncertainty is causing delays to infrastructure investment which… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Alumasc WMS comment: Q3 2017

    The market for metal rainwater was up around 7% in value in quarter three, compared to the previous quarter, boosted by price inflation from rising raw material costs and exchange rates that never recovered from the announcement of Brexit. The increase is also driven by the growing demand for colour, and for metal products and… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Hanson Cement comment: Q3 2017

    Taking a broader look at the UK construction market, not just through builders’ merchants, the latest report by the Mineral Products Association shows demand for heavy-side construction products fell in Q3 2017 across all materials except for mortar, compared with Q2 2017 and the same period in 2016. This is the second consecutive quarter of… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • IKO PLC comment: Q3 2017

    While we welcome the reported increase in sales in the BMBI report, we should be cautious. Value is up, but when you factor in double-digit inflation, overall volume – while still relatively high – is likely to be down. A number of indicators show the overall market is slowing, and roofing is likely to follow… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Keystone Lintels comment: Q3 2017

    Quarter three 2017 sales compared with the same period in 2016 are slightly skewed as a result of merchants purchasing ahead last year to beat late summer price increases. The results show slightly less volume for 2017 versus the same period last year, although merchants are still reporting growth. Encouraging, but not flattering, Q3 has… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Knauf Insulation comment: Q3 2017

    The housing crisis rages on. Low supply is hamstringing first-time buyers’ ability to get on the ladder and as a result it’s garnering even larger political focus. Ahead of the party conferences in October, we saw new commitments from Government to boost both supply and demand through the extension of the Help to Buy equity… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Encon Insulation comment: Q3 2017

    Brexit continues to cast a shadow of uncertainty over Britain’s future. In the short term independent builders’ merchants’ markets are holding out well. Longer term it may be a different story, as it’s unclear what the impact will be on investment into the UK, on labour and changes in regulation. In the interim, we hope… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

  • Ibstock comment: Q3 2017

    The primary sectors of demand for facing bricks are private housing and RMI and both appear set to progress strongly. Builders’ merchants’ brick sales remain strong, the volume of bricks in merchants’ depots has returned to normal, and stockists are generally reporting healthy demand. At the same time, developers continue to increase their build programmes… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 21st November 2017

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Launched in 2015, the monthly Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report is the only reliable measure of repair, maintenance & improvement (RMI) activity in the UK. Filling an important gap, it can be widely used in construction, and by economists, Government, national media, commentators and influencers outside the industry.

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