The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index 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 Sept 19 Oct 19 Nov 19
Total Builders Merchants 100 129.1 124.7 118.4 131.8 122.5 77.4 107.8 108.7 121.9 122.0 129.3 117.2 132.8 117.7 118.9 126.0 113.4
Timber & Joinery Products 100 131.1 129.3 124.7 137.2 126.8 79.9 114.7 112.2 123.3 122.3 127.9 118.3 130.9 117.0 119.3 127.4 114.7
Heavy Building Materials 100 128.8 123.9 117.8 132.4 121.8 75.6 106.6 108.1 121.2 121.1 129.2 116.2 132.5 117.3 119.1 125.9 112.2
Decorating 100 119.4 117.2 112.0 124.6 116.1 78.8 104.6 103.3 114.8 109.7 115.1 108.1 124.2 113.2 112.5 122.1 113.1
Tools 100 112.5 109.7 108.0 123.2 117.8 73.0 100.3 99.8 108.8 99.5 104.5 96.7 106.7 97.3 100.0 111.8 102.8
Workwear & Safetywear 100 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 95.5 110.9 134.6 134.3
Ironmongery 100 128.8 124.4 117.9 133.6 129.3 84.5 120.8 115.5 125.2 122.5 127.6 117.7 133.1 120.6 120.7 131.9 118.9
Landscaping 100 156.6 142.4 122.8 126.0 106.1 64.0 87.1 98.2 131.6 154.5 171.1 146.6 165.4 136.7 125.3 119.1 98.2
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 116.8 114.5 120.4 141.1 146.5 96.9 130.8 125.7 131.2 117.6 120.2 109.7 123.8 111.8 124.6 141.5 134.6
Renewables & Water Saving 100 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 76.0 74.6 72.2
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 121.4 118.4 113.0 122.5 128.2 81.2 109.5 115.3 122.8 115.2 116.5 112.7 129.2 116.4 118.5 127.6 125.8
Miscellaneous 100 116.8 113.9 106.6 126.3 119.1 85.1 122.7 111.6 115.1 113.6 122.5 113.7 135.8 118.5 128.0 131.6 121.1
Services 100 121.1 120.1 106.9 125.1 114.2 79.9 94.5 99.7 110.0 113.6 121.8 106.4 125.6 116.0 113.2 122.6 112.9

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - June 2018 to November 2019

Latest Overview

November merchant sales show pre-election dip

The short trading day month of November saw subdued sales for merchants with the lowest total sales in 10 months.

Year-on-Year

Total Builders’ Merchant sales in November were down 7.4% compared with the same month in 2018. On one less trading day, average sales a day were 3% down. The best performing sectors in November were Renewables & Water Saving (+5.3%) and Workwear & Safetywear (+3.7%). As average sales a day, Renewables & Water Saving were up 10.3%, Workwear & Safetywear up 8.6%.

Tools (-12.7%), Timber & Joinery (-9.6%), Ironmongery (-8.0%), Heavy Building Materials (-7.9%) and Landscaping (-7.4%) were particularly affected, although a little less dramatically on a sales a day basis (8.5%, -5.3%, -3.6%, -3.5% and -3.0% respectively).

Month-on-Month

Compared with the previous month, October 2019, November’s sales were 10.0% down. However, when adjusted for two less trading days in November, sales were down 1.4%.

All product categories were down month-on-month, including Heavy Building Materials (-10.9%), Timber & Joinery (-10.0%) and Ironmongery (-9.8%). Adjusted for trading days, the strongest performing sectors were Workwear & Safetywear (+9.3%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+8.0%).

Other periods

Sales in the 12 months December 2018 to November 2019 were down 0.2% on the same period last year. However, adjusting for one less trading day year-to-date sales are slightly ahead at 0.2%.

Index

November’s BMBI index was 113.4, with Plumbing, Heating & Electrical the highest at 134.6.

Index
October’s BMBI index was 126.0, with Plumbing, Heating & Electrical the highest at 141.5.

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