The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index Mar 17 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
Total Builders Merchants 100 122.8 106.7 121.1 120.2 119.2 120.5 117.5 123.4 121.6 76.7 102.6 104.5 112.2 116.1 129.4 127.6 129.1
Timber & Joinery Products 100 121.2 102.9 117.1 116.7 116.3 118.1 116.9 124.4 122.1 77.8 108.0 107.6 112.9 115.9 126.7 126.2 131.1
Heavy Building Materials 100 123.0 106.9 122.5 121.2 120.6 121.9 119.4 125.8 122.8 75.2 100.5 103.3 110.8 115.9 128.7 128.0 128.8
Decorating 100 115.6 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
Tools 100 120.7 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
Workwear & Safetywear 100 114.1 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
Ironmongery 100 129.2 107.5 121.6 124.5 125.6 126.9 123.4 130.6 129.5 85.5 120.4 114.8 118.0 117.3 125.7 123.9 128.8
Landscaping 100 129.5 138.1 153.1 146.9 140.8 133.2 117.1 115.8 105.8 60.0 81.3 88.0 104.8 132.1 170.4 164.1 156.6
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 128.7 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
Renewables & Water Saving 100 90.3 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
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 123.6 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
Miscellaneous 100 124.4 103.4 120.5 113.7 117.2 124.4 119.8 118.4 125.3 90.7 114.4 113.2 114.2 111.3 120.5 115.3 116.8
Services 100 115.0 100.6 112.4 109.7 110.6 116.1 110.6 114.0 109.2 79.0 93.1 96.4 107.3 109.6 125.4 116.9 121.1

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - March 2017 to July 2018

Latest Overview

Merchants’ sales break records in July

Year on year
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 8.3% in July compared with July 2017, helped by one more trading day this year. Five categories did better, with Timber & Joinery Products (+12.7%) the top performer and Landscaping (+11.2%) close behind. Three categories achieved their highest monthly sales in the four years BMBI data has been compiled: Heavy Building Materials, Timber & Joinery Products and Decorating.
Average sales a day, which take trading day differences into account were up 3.3% on July last year.

Month on month
Overall sales in July were 1.1% higher than in June, helped by one extra trading day this month. Six categories did better, with Timber & Joinery Products, Ironmongery and Decorating all 3.9% higher. Seasonal category, Landscaping was weakest (-4.6%).
Average sales a day in July were 3.5% lower than in June.

Other periods
The first seven months of 2018 were 4.6% ahead of the same period in 2017, with one additional trading day this year. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+10.4%) did best, with Timber & Joinery Products (+7.0%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+5.1%) also performing well. Average sales a day for January to July were up 3.9% on the same months last year.

The rolling 12 months August 2017 to July 2018 were 5.0% above the same period a year earlier. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+9.3%) was strongest and all categories sold more.
Index

July’s BMBI index was 129.1, with one additional trading day. Landscaping was top (156.6) followed by Timber & Joinery Products (131.1) and Heavy Building Materials (128.8). Ten of the 12 categories exceeded 100.

For additional, deeper category insights and benchmarking please contact Richard Frankcom at GfK.

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