The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index Apr 18 May 18 Jun 18 Jul 18 Aug 18 Sept 18 Oct 18 Nov 18 Dec 18 Jan 19 Feb 19 Mar 19 Apr 19 May 19 Jun 19 Jul 19 Aug 19
Total Builders Merchants 100 116.1 129.4 127.6 129.1 124.7 118.4 131.8 122.5 77.4 107.8 108.7 121.9 122.0 129.3 117.2 132.8 117.7
Timber & Joinery Products 100 115.9 126.7 126.2 131.1 129.3 124.7 137.2 126.8 79.9 114.7 112.2 123.3 122.3 127.9 118.3 130.9 117.0
Heavy Building Materials 100 115.9 128.7 128.0 128.8 123.9 117.8 132.4 121.8 75.6 106.6 108.1 121.2 121.1 129.2 116.2 132.5 117.3
Decorating 100 106.6 117.0 114.9 119.4 117.2 112.0 124.6 116.1 78.8 104.6 103.3 114.8 109.7 115.1 108.1 124.2 113.2
Tools 100 105.1 110.5 113.3 112.5 109.7 108.0 123.2 117.8 73.0 100.3 99.8 108.8 99.5 104.5 96.7 106.7 97.3
Workwear & Safetywear 100 100.2 96.0 95.7 95.9 98.3 107.5 123.5 129.5 79.9 111.5 96.8 101.5 95.5 100.1 99.3 108.8 95.5
Ironmongery 100 117.3 125.7 123.9 128.8 124.4 117.9 133.6 129.3 84.5 120.8 115.5 125.2 122.5 127.6 117.7 133.1 120.6
Landscaping 100 132.1 170.4 164.1 156.6 142.4 122.8 126.0 106.1 64.0 87.1 98.2 131.6 154.5 171.1 146.6 165.4 136.7
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 120.4 122.7 117.1 116.8 114.5 120.4 141.1 146.5 96.9 130.8 125.7 131.2 117.6 120.2 109.7 123.8 111.8
Renewables & Water Saving 100 74.2 70.4 75.0 73.5 64.8 67.8 76.4 68.5 45.8 69.3 65.7 78.5 64.5 61.4 73.1 76.1 78.0
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 111.9 119.2 117.8 121.4 118.4 113.0 122.5 128.2 81.2 109.5 115.3 122.8 115.2 116.5 112.7 129.2 116.4
Miscellaneous 100 111.3 120.5 115.3 116.8 113.9 106.6 126.3 119.1 85.1 122.7 111.6 115.1 113.6 122.5 113.7 135.8 118.5
Services 100 109.6 125.4 116.9 121.1 120.1 106.9 125.1 114.2 79.9 94.5 99.7 110.0 113.6 121.8 106.4 125.6 116.0

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - April 2018 to August 2019

Latest Overview

Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears

After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2. As the deadline looms closer it’s clear that the uncertainty continues to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Year-on-Year

Total Builders Merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was Kitchens & Bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

Other sectors which recorded positive growth on an equal number of trading days included Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+2.3%), Workwear & Safetywear (+1.8%) and Ironmongery (+1.5%). Average sales a day fell back in Timber & Joinery (-5.2%), Tools (-7.1%) and Heavy Building Materials (-0.8%).

Month-on-Month

Total August 2019 sales were down by 11.4% compared with the previous month. However, when adjusted for the two-day trading difference, sales were down 2.9%. Landscaping (-9.5%), Timber & Joinery (-2.1%) and Heavy Building Materials (-3%) were significantly down. All product categories saw sales decrease in August compared to July.

Other periods

Sales in the rolling 12 months September 2018 to August 2019 were up 1.6% on the same period last year. Year-to-date sales also remained positive at 1.2% compared to August 2018.

Index

August’s BMBI index was 117.7, with Landscaping the highest category at 136.7.

 

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