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  • BMBI Experts debate key issues and trends in construction

    In September, the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) hosted the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) second annual Round Table debate at its offices in Coventry. The BMBI is a brand of the BMF and the debate was organised for BMBI Experts to discuss topical issues, and the potential implications for our industry. It was chaired by… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 16th October 2017

  • Continued positivity for builders’ merchants

    Builders’ merchants’ sales growth continued through summer 2017. Year on year sales were up 5.8% in August, on identical trading days. Summer months (June, July and August) were 5.5% ahead of the same period in 2016. Ironmongery (+10.9%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+10.7%) did best. BMBI data is released monthly and is a unique data… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 16th October 2017

  • A strong July for builders’ merchants

    The latest data from the BMBI Report shows builders’ merchants’ sales are in good health. Despite media speculation, sales increased again in July, with a 7.0% increase compared with July 2016. With one less trading day, sales in July were 0.9% lower than in June, but average sales per day were 3.9% higher. Year to… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 16th October 2017

  • UK builders merchant Q2 sales show resilience

    UK builders merchant Q2 sales show resilience The latest data released in the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) confirms a continuing positive trend for UK builders merchants with Q2 sales increasing by 5.3% (when adjusted for there being two fewer trading days in period) compared to Q2 2016. The actual Q2 year on year… Read more

    Type: News |  Posted: 31st August 2017

  • BMBI Expert Round Table Debate 2017 Trailer

    Coming soon… The BMBI Round Table Debate 2017 will host industry experts discussing key topics in the construction industry. See the video below to find out more. Watch the 2016 debate here.

    Type: News |  Posted: 31st August 2017

  • Heatrae Sadia comment: Q2 2017

    Paul Rivett, Managing Director Heatrae Sadia is BMBI’s Expert for Water Heating Trading during Quarter 2 continued the trend set in the first period of 2017, with overall sales out through merchants falling back by 10% when compared to the same period in 2016. Overall this leaves the sector trailing last year by 7.5% for… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Natural Paving Products comment: Q2 2017

    Malcolm Gough, Group Sales & Marketing Director Natural Paving Products is BMBI’s Expert for Natural Stone Landscaping Products, Vitrified Paving & Artificial Grass Brexit is still having a big effect on imports. Indian natural stone is at a higher cost in the market than we have seen for some time. Sterling is trying to recover… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Ibstock comment: Q2 2017

    Tony France, Sales Director Ibstock, is BMBI’s Expert for Bricks Builders Merchants continue to replenish brick stock levels after a year of de-stocking, particularly during the first half of 2016, and merchants’ sales remain strong. At the same time, housebuilders continue to increase their build programmes in response to the ongoing demand created by low… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Encon Insulation comment: Q2 2017

    Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation is BMBI’s Expert for Insulation Products – Distribution The year started positively for insulation but various factors have set the market back in the last quarter. Ongoing product shortages, especially in PIR insulation, have affected lead times and consistency in supply. However, the uncertainty caused by the General… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Knauf Insulation comment: Q2 2017

    John Sinfield, Managing Director Knauf Insulation is BMBI’s Expert for Mineral Wool Insulation The markets for glass and rock mineral wool remain robust following strong sales in the six months to June. We ourselves have seen between 5-7% growth in Q2 compared with the same period last year, despite some uncertainty across the construction sector…. Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • Keystone Lintels comment: Q2 2017

    Derrick McFarland, Managing Director Keystone Lintels is BMBI’s Expert for Steel Lintels The steel lintels market for Q2 2017 continued to grow at a similar rate to Q1. Year-on-year, Q2 grew approximately 6-7%, and was up 3% on Q1. The daily figures have been fairly constant over the quarter. One interesting trend that stands out… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 2017

  • IKO PLC comment: Q2 2017

    Andy Williamson, Group Managing Director IKO Plc is BMBI’s Expert for Roofing Products Although construction was up overall in the last quarter, roofing was flat at best in much of the market. Housebuilding is still showing growth but slowing and commercial projects continue to be affected by delays. Raw material price rises – partly due… Read more

    Type: Comment |  Posted: 18th August 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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