April sales collapse under COVID-19 lockdown

This month’s BMBI report is unlike any other. The Government enforced COVID-19 lockdown came late in March, so had a limited impact last month. However, April took the full force,… Read more

Leading Lights – Builders’ Merchants News

  The recent Leading Lights supplement published by Builders Merchants News opens with an exclusive survey by MRA Research. Telephone interviews were conducted with 100 builders’ and plumbers’ merchants for… Read more

Subdued February – before COVID-19 hit

Having endured three and a half years of Brexit turmoil, the country now faces a far bigger challenge and greater uncertainty. The BMBI February report pre-dated social distancing (which started… Read more

Subdued start to 2020

At the time of gathering the data for this report, our sector had yet to experience the more widespread scale and impact of the Covid-19 crisis we are seeing today…. Read more


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Launched in 2015, the award winning 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.