The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index Apr 17 May 17 Jun 17 July 17 Aug 17 Sep 17 Oct 17 Nov 17 Dec 17 Jan 18 Feb 18 Mar 18 Apr 18 May 18 Jun 18 Jul 18 Aug 18
Total Builders Merchants 100 106.7 121.1 120.2 119.2 120.5 117.5 123.4 121.6 76.7 102.6 104.5 112.2 116.1 129.4 127.6 129.1 124.7
Timber & Joinery Products 100 102.9 117.1 116.7 116.3 118.1 116.9 124.4 122.1 77.8 108.0 107.6 112.9 115.9 126.7 126.2 131.1 129.3
Heavy Building Materials 100 106.9 122.5 121.2 120.6 121.9 119.4 125.8 122.8 75.2 100.5 103.3 110.8 115.9 128.7 128.0 128.8 123.9
Decorating 100 98.8 111.0 111.8 114.6 116.4 110.5 115.4 114.9 76.6 101.9 100.8 106.5 106.6 117.0 114.9 119.4 117.2
Tools 100 97.2 107.0 109.9 109.8 109.1 110.4 119.2 119.8 75.3 101.3 100.0 111.2 105.1 110.5 113.3 112.5 109.7
Workwear & Safetywear 100 85.1 101.4 99.4 95.2 100.5 107.0 112.9 131 86.1 117.2 107.3 108.3 100.2 96.0 95.7 95.9 98.3
Ironmongery 100 107.5 121.6 124.5 125.6 126.9 123.4 130.6 129.5 85.5 120.4 114.8 118.0 117.3 125.7 123.9 128.8 124.4
Landscaping 100 138.1 153.1 146.9 140.8 133.2 117.1 115.8 105.8 60.0 81.3 88.0 104.8 132.1 170.4 164.1 156.6 142.4
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 98.3 109.7 110.0 106.6 113.2 120.3 128.9 141.9 97.4 127.2 125.2 136.1 120.4 122.7 117.1 116.8 114.5
Renewables & Water Saving 100 68.2 70.2 69.9 66.6 71.1 69.2 78.3 82.2 46.8 75.2 76.3 79.8 74.2 70.4 75.0 73.5 64.8
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 99.3 111.3 118.3 113.7 117.5 114.5 120.2 128.6 85.9 108.2 115.2 120.3 111.9 119.2 117.8 121.4 118.4
Miscellaneous 100 103.4 120.5 113.7 117.2 124.4 119.8 118.4 125.3 90.7 114.4 113.2 114.2 111.3 120.5 115.3 116.8 113.9
Services 100 100.6 112.4 109.7 110.6 116.1 110.6 114.0 109.2 79.0 93.1 96.4 107.3 109.6 125.4 116.9 121.1 120.1

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - April 2017 to August 2018

Latest Overview

Merchants’ August sales boosted by Timber & Joinery, and Landscaping

Year on year
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 3.5% in August compared with August 2017. Two categories did better, Timber & Joinery Products (+9.5%) and Landscaping (+6.9%).

Heavy Building Materials (+1.6%) and Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+1.2%) were among six categories that grew more slowly. Four categories sold less this year.

Month on month
Overall August sales were 3.4% lower than July, including Decorating (-1.9%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (-2.5%). Only Workwear & Safetywear (+2.5%) sold more than in July.

Other periods

The first eight months of 2018 were 4.5% ahead of the same period in 2017, with one additional trading day this year. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+9.2%) did best, with Timber & Joinery Products (+7.3%) also strong. Landscaping (+3.9%) and Heavy Building Materials (+3.3%) were among nine categories that grew more slowly.

Average sales a day for January to August (which takes the difference in trading days into account) were up 3.9% on the same months last year.

The rolling 12 months September 2017 to August 2018 were 4.8% above the same 12 months a year earlier. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+8.7%) was strongest, followed by Timber & Joinery Products (+6.9%). All categories sold more.

Index
August’s BMBI index was 124.7, with one additional trading day. Seasonal category Landscaping was top (142.4) followed by Timber & Joinery Products (129.3) and Ironmongery (124.4). Ten of the 12 categories exceeded 100.

The average sales a day index for August was 117.6.

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