The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index 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 Sept 18 Oct 18
Total Builders Merchants 100 120.2 119.2 120.5 117.5 123.4 121.6 76.7 102.6 104.5 112.2 116.1 129.4 127.6 129.1 124.7 118.4 131.8
Timber & Joinery Products 100 116.7 116.3 118.1 116.9 124.4 122.1 77.8 108.0 107.6 112.9 115.9 126.7 126.2 131.1 129.3 124.7 137.2
Heavy Building Materials 100 121.2 120.6 121.9 119.4 125.8 122.8 75.2 100.5 103.3 110.8 115.9 128.7 128.0 128.8 123.9 117.8 132.4
Decorating 100 111.8 114.6 116.4 110.5 115.4 114.9 76.6 101.9 100.8 106.5 106.6 117.0 114.9 119.4 117.2 112.0 124.6
Tools 100 109.9 109.8 109.1 110.4 119.2 119.8 75.3 101.3 100.0 111.2 105.1 110.5 113.3 112.5 109.7 108.0 123.2
Workwear & Safetywear 100 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 98.3 107.5 123.5
Ironmongery 100 124.5 125.6 126.9 123.4 130.6 129.5 85.5 120.4 114.8 118.0 117.3 125.7 123.9 128.8 124.4 117.9 133.6
Landscaping 100 146.9 140.8 133.2 117.1 115.8 105.8 60.0 81.3 88.0 104.8 132.1 170.4 164.1 156.6 142.4 122.8 126.0
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 110.0 106.6 113.2 120.3 128.9 141.9 97.4 127.2 125.2 136.1 120.4 122.7 117.1 116.8 114.5 120.4 141.1
Renewables & Water Saving 100 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 67.8 76.4
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 118.3 113.7 117.5 114.5 120.2 128.6 85.9 108.2 115.2 120.3 111.9 119.2 117.8 121.4 118.4 113.0 122.5
Miscellaneous 100 113.7 117.2 124.4 119.8 118.4 125.3 90.7 114.4 113.2 114.2 111.3 120.5 115.3 116.8 113.9 106.6 126.3
Services 100 109.7 110.6 116.1 110.6 114.0 109.2 79.0 93.1 96.4 107.3 109.6 125.4 116.9 121.1 120.1 106.9 125.1

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - June 2017 to October 2018

Latest Overview

Best sales month despite predictions of a tighter market

Builders’ merchants’ October sales were the highest of any month since the start of BMBI data in July 2014, helped by October having 22 trading days (most months have 20-22 trading days). Six categories notched up record monthly sales, four of which also had their highest average daily sales (which takes account of the number of trading days).

Year on year
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 6.8% in October compared with October 2017. Timber & Joinery Products (+10.3%) did best, with record sales, and all but one category sold more. Although growing more slowly, Heavy Building Materials (+5.3%), Tools (+3.4%) and Ironmongery (+2.3%) also had their best-ever months.

Month on month
Overall October sales were 11.4% higher than September, helped by two additional trading days. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+17.2%), Workwear & Safetywear (14.9%) and Heavy Building Materials (12.4%) were among eight categories that did better and all categories sold more.

Average sales a day for October were 1.3% higher than September. Ten of the twelve categories sold more but seasonal category Landscaping (-6.7%) was one of only two that sold less.

Other periods
The ten months January to October 2018 were 4.3% ahead of the same period in 2017. Plumbing Heating & Electrical was strongest (+8.3%) with Timber & Joinery Products (+7.6%) close behind.

The rolling 12 months November 2017 to October 2018 were 4.3% above the same 12 months a year earlier, with one less trading day. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+7.9%) was strongest. Average sales a day in the period were 4.7% higher.

Index
October’s BMBI index was 131.8, with one additional trading day. Plumbing Heating & Electrical was top (141.1). The average sales a day index for October was 124.3.

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