The Builders Merchant Building Index

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VALUE EX VAT Index Jan 17 Feb 17 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
Total Builders Merchants 100 94.7 100.5 122.8 106.7 121.1 120.2 119.2 120.5 117.5 123.4 121.6 76.7 102.6 104.5 112.2 116.1 129.4
Timber & Joinery Products 100 99.1 100.9 121.2 102.9 117.1 116.7 116.3 118.1 116.9 124.4 122.1 77.8 108.0 107.6 112.9 115.9 126.7
Heavy Building Materials 100 94.0 100.1 123.0 106.9 122.5 121.2 120.6 121.9 119.4 125.8 122.8 75.2 100.5 103.3 110.8 115.9 128.7
Decorating 100 92.8 97.0 115.6 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
Tools 100 97.6 101.7 120.7 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
Workwear & Safetywear 100 109.5 102.7 114.1 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
Ironmongery 100 107.5 109.4 129.2 107.5 121.6 124.5 125.6 126.9 123.4 130.6 129.5 85.5 120.4 114.8 118.0 117.3 125.7
Landscaping 100 71.0 87.7 129.5 138.1 153.1 146.9 140.8 133.2 117.1 115.8 105.8 60.0 81.3 88.0 104.8 132.1 170.4
Plumbing, Heating & Electrical 100 114.9 116.1 128.7 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
Renewables & Water Saving 100 68.1 76.2 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
Kitchens & Bathrooms 100 98.1 110.2 123.6 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
Miscellaneous 100 113.2 108.8 124.4 103.4 120.5 113.7 117.2 124.4 119.8 118.4 125.3 90.7 114.4 113.2 114.2 111.3 120.5
Services 100 87.8 95.0 115.0 100.6 112.4 109.7 110.6 116.1 110.6 114.0 109.2 79.0 93.1 96.4 107.3 109.6 125.4

Source: GfK's Builders Merchants Total Category Report - January 2017 to May 2018

Latest Overview

A solid May for Merchants

Year on year
Total Builders Merchant value sales were up 6.9% in May compared with May last year. Five categories did better, with Plumbing Heating & Electrical (11.9%) the top performer and Landscaping (+11.3%), Timber & Joinery Products (+8.2%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (7.1%) also stronger. Heavy Building Materials, the largest category, grew more slowly (+5.1%) and only Workwear & Safetywear sold less (-5.3%).

Month on month
Overall sales in May were 11.4% higher than in April, helped by one extra trading day. Seasonal category, Landscaping (+29.0%) did best, with its third consecutive significant month-on-month increase. Heavy Building Materials improved 11.1% and ten of the twelve categories sold more.
Average sales a day in May were 6.1% higher than April.

Other periods
The first five months of 2018 were up 3.5% on the same period in 2017, with one additional trading day this year. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+11.3%) did best, with Kitchens & Bathrooms (+6.0%), Timber & Joinery Products (+5.5%) and Ironmongery (+3.7%) also performing well. Average sales a day for January to May were up 2.5% on the same months last year.
The rolling 12 months June 2017 to May 2018 were 4.6% above the same period a year earlier. Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+9.0%) was strongest and all categories sold more.
Index

May’s BMBI index was 129.4, up from 116.1 in April. Landscaping was top (170.4) followed by Heavy Building Materials (128.7) and Timber & Joinery Products (126.7). Ten of the 12 categories exceeded 100.

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

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