The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index Jan 21 Feb 21 Mar 21 Apr 21 May 21 Jun 21 Jul 21 Aug 21 Sept 21 Oct 21 Nov 21 Dec 21 Jan 22 Feb 22 Mar 22 Apr 22 May 22
Total Builders Merchants 100 100.7 109.4 151.9 150.6 141.4 157.1 151.1 139.3 147.9 140.4 145.0 97.1 125.0 134.4 166.8 149.3 162.4
Timber & Joinery Products 100 120.0 128.8 175.7 176.3 173.2 199.6 199.8 182.6 193.3 181.0 182.1 119.0 157.8 161.8 195.6 172.3 185.0
Heavy Building Materials 100 95.9 102.0 141.3 137.4 128.6 142.8 136.8 127.0 136.2 130.8 135.6 89.6 116.5 125.4 156.2 140.4 155.1
Decorating 100 85.8 95.7 121.7 113.2 106.5 116.7 115.0 108.7 114.8 113.5 118.5 81.7 102.2 109.3 131.2 114.0 124.2
Tools 100 84.4 93.7 120.8 110.7 98.2 100.2 97.6 93.6 101.8 100.9 109.8 73.2 95.7 101.9 124.2 104.6 109.9
Workwear & Safetywear 100 122.3 111.3 118.2 104.0 95.8 111.8 92.8 95.7 106.5 115.4 130.8 93.8 115.7 112.4 123.3 104.9 113.7
Ironmongery 100 103.1 111.5 143.1 137.4 127.0 137.0 129.2 120.2 129.2 124.6 132.8 94.2 123.2 125.5 151.5 130.1 141.3
Landscaping 100 90.1 111.9 222.5 257.0 220.5 235.1 204.8 175.3 171.9 148.5 143.7 92.6 116.2 149.5 220.0 220.8 213.7
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 111.3 120.3 137.1 119.2 112.9 123.7 113.7 109.7 126.7 131.0 143.3 107.2 131.4 138.3 159.4 127.1 137.3
Renewables & Water Saving 100 62.6 62.3 85.9 78.8 72.7 80.1 72.1 70.6 70.9 71.5 82.9 58.3 85.1 80.9 106.8 78.6 93.3
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 94.4 107.4 120.7 113.5 111.5 125.1 126.5 118.3 131.2 124.9 140.6 96.8 121.6 134.5 151.1 131.5 144.6
Miscellaneous 100 109.4 107.1 131.2 126.2 111.2 120.3 121.6 116.2 128.4 120.4 130.2 92.3 128.0 122.4 141.7 119.9 137.9
Services 100 93.5 103.3 134.5 128.8 123.5 131.4 132.8 130.2 133.4 127.7 135.1 102.7 112.5 120.1 146.6 131.7 141.8

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - July 2015 to May 2022

May Monthly Overview

Total Builders Merchants value sales were 14.8% higher in May 2022 than the same month in 2021, driven by price inflation (+17.8%) with volume down (2.5%). There was one more trading day this year. All categories sold more. Kitchens & Bathrooms (+29.7%) grew most. Six other categories did better than Merchants overall, including Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+ 21.6%), Heavy Building Materials (+20.6%) and Decorating (+16.5%). Tools (+11.9%), Ironmongery (+11.3%), Timber & Joinery Products
(+6.8%) and Landscaping (+5.1%) grew more slowly. Total like for like sales (which take trading day differences into account) were 9.1% higher.

May 2022 v May 2019

Total May 2022 sales were +23.9% higher than May 2019, a more normal year, driven by price inflation (+30.0%) and volume down (4.7%), with one less trading day. All categories sold more, with three categories outperforming Merchants overall: Renewables & Water Saving (+50.8%), Timber & Joinery (+36.8%) and Landscaping (+33.0%). Other categories grew more slowly, including Kitchens & Bathrooms (+23.3%), Heavy Building Materials (+20.5%) and Workwear & Safetywear (+13.7%). Total like for like sales were up +30.1%.

May 2022 v May 2022

Total Merchants sales were +8.7% higher in May 2022 than April 2022, with one more trading day. All categories sold more, led by Renewables & Water Saving (+18.8%). Heavy Building Materials (+10.5%), Kitchens & Bathrooms (+10.0%), Decorating (+8.9%), Ironmongery (+8.6%), Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+8.0%), Timber & Joinery Products (+7.4%) grew more slowly. Total like for like sales were +3.3% higher, with volume up +7.17% and price inflation of +1.46%.

Last 3 months, year on year

Total sales in the three months, March to May 2022, were +7.8% up on the same period last year, with price inflation of +17.8%, volume down 8.5%, and no difference in trading days. Eleven of the twelve categories sold more, with Kitchens & Bathrooms (+23.6%), Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+14.8%), and Heavy Building Materials up (+10.9%). Landscaping 3.9%) was weakest.

Latest three months v 3 years ago

Compared with the same months three years ago, sales in March to May 2022 were +26.6% higher than in March to May 2019, driven by price (+27.8%) with volume down (0.9%). There was no difference in trading days. All categories sold more. Two categories grew the most: Landscaping (+44.4%) and Timber & Joinery Products (+40.5%). Heavy Building Materials (+21.8%), Kitchens & Bathrooms (+20.6%), and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+15.6%) grew more slowly.

Latest three months v previous three months

Total sales in the three months March to May 2022 were +34.2% higher than December 2021 to February 2022, driven more by volume (+32.2%) than price (+1.5%) and five more trading days in the most recent period. All categories sold more. Two did better than Merchants overall: Landscaping (+87.6%) and Heavy Building Materials (+36.3%) grew strongly. Timber & Joinery Products (+26.0%), Kitchens & Bathrooms (+21.1%) and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+12.5%) also grew. Like-for-like sales were +23.4% higher than in December 2021 to February 2022.

Year to date, year-on-year

Year to date, January to May 2022, total value sales were +12.8% higher than in January to May 2021. With price inflation of +16.6%, volume was down -3.3%. There was no difference in trading days. All categories sold more including Kitchens & Bathrooms (+24.8%), Renewables & Water Savings (+22.7%), Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+15.4%) and Heavy Building Materials (+14.6%).

Year to date v 2019

Total value sales from January to May 2022 were 23.8% higher compared with a more normal year, January to May 2019. With price inflation of +25.4%, volume was down -1.3%, with two less trading days. All categories sold more. Landscaping (+43.8%), Timber & Joinery Products (+38.4%) and Renewables & Water Saving (+32.7%) performed better than Total Merchants. Like-for-like sales were +26.2% higher.

MAT

Total Merchants sales in June 2021 to May 2022 were +15.7% higher than in the same 12 months a year earlier. With price inflation of +15.7%, volume was effectively flat (+0.02%). Total like-for-like sales were 16.2% higher with one less trading day in the most recent 12 months. Eleven of the twelve categories sold more. Timber & Joinery Products (+27.0%) grew most. Other categories grew more slowly including Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+15.0%), Heavy Building Materials (+13.6%) and Landscaping (+6.1%) except for Workwear & Safetywear (-1.1%) which sold less.

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