The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index Apr 16 May 16 Jun 16 Jul 16 Aug 16 Sep 16 Oct 16 Nov 16 Dec 16 Jan 17 Feb 17 Mar 17 Apr 17 May 17 Jun 17 July 17 Aug 17
Total Builders Merchants 100 113.6 111.4 115.7 111.1 113.7 113.8 112.3 113.6 77.1 94.7 100.5 122.8 106.7 121.1 120.2 119.2 120.5
Timber & Joinery Products 100 108.9 106.0 112.1 107.8 112.2 113.3 112.8 113.7 76.1 99.1 100.9 121.2 102.9 117.1 116.7 116.3 118.1
Heavy Building Materials 100 114.3 111.7 116.2 111.9 114.4 114.6 113.4 114.1 77.0 94.0 100.1 123.0 106.9 122.5 121.2 120.6 121.9
Decorating 100 107.5 105.4 108.1 107.8 112.5 109.8 108.3 110.4 76.3 92.8 97.0 115.6 98.8 111.0 111.8 114.6 116.4
Tools 100 106.9 99.8 104.0 101.5 102.4 104.6 106.5 111.3 74.8 97.6 101.7 120.7 97.2 107.0 109.9 109.8 109.1
Workwear & Safetywear 100 96.3 96.5 107.6 98.5 98.6 101.0 110.9 133.2 72.6 109.5 102.7 114.1 85.1 101.4 99.4 95.2 100.5
Ironmongery 100 112.8 110.9 112.8 111.0 115.8 119.8 118.0 119.9 84.6 107.5 109.4 129.2 107.5 121.6 124.5 125.6 126.9
Landscaping 100 137.7 144.2 144.7 132.0 129.2 119.9 110.2 97.2 62.4 71.0 87.7 129.5 138.1 153.1 146.9 140.8 133.2
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 110.8 101.4 103.3 100.5 103.6 111.7 116.0 132.4 94.0 114.9 116.1 128.7 98.3 109.7 110.0 106.6 113.2
Renewables & Water Saving 100 67.1 64.8 75.5 63.7 63.1 72.8 61.2 73.4 42.4 68.1 76.2 90.3 68.2 70.2 69.9 66.6 71.1
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 106.7 98.0 107.6 101.7 105.3 111.4 109.4 121.7 83.8 98.1 110.2 123.6 99.3 111.3 118.3 113.7 117.5
Miscellaneous 100 113.1 107.4 113.3 115.3 114.5 115.7 113.6 122.2 92.6 113.2 108.8 124.4 103.4 120.5 113.7 117.2 124.4
Services 100 111.3 116.7 116.1 115.5 115.2 111.1 108.3 107.1 81.3 87.8 95.0 115.0 100.6 112.4 109.7 110.6 116.1

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - July 2014 to August 2017

Latest Overview - August 2017

August growth continues a positive summer for merchants

Year on year
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 5.8% in August 2017 compared with August last year, on an identical number of trading days. Seven categories did better, including Kitchens & Bathrooms (+11.1%), Ironmongery (+9.5%) and Heavy Building Materials (+6.3%). All twelve categories sold more this year and Decorating had it’s highest sales in the last 12 months.

Month on month
Sales in August were 1.1% better than July, helped by one extra trading day. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+6.2%) and Workwear & Safetywear (+5.6%) were among eight stronger categories. Only tools (-0.7%) and Landscaping (-5.5%) sold less. Average sales per day, which mitigate for August’s additional trading day, were 3.5% below July.

Other periods
The three summer months (June, July and August) were 5.5% ahead of the same period in 2016. Ironmongery (+10.9%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+10.7%) did best. Year to date value sales strengthened, with the first eight months of 2017 4.5% ahead of the same period in 2016 – up from +4.3% YTD in July. The rolling 12 month period, August 2016 to July 2017, was 4.6% up on the same period a year earlier. Ironmongery (+6.9%) had the best 12-month performance, with Kitchens & Bathrooms (+6.2%) and Landscaping (+6.1%) close behind.

Index
August’s Builders Merchant Building Index was 120.5 (113.6 adjusted for trading days). Strongly seasonal Landscaping (133.2) was the top performer for the eighth consecutive month.

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

 

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