The latest Builders Merchant Building Index has confirmed overall August sales were 3.4% lower than July, including decorating (down 1.9%), and kitchens and bathrooms (down 2.5%).
However, total value sales were 3.5% up in August compared with the same month last year. Two categories showed marked improvement, with timber and joinery products up 9.5%, and landscaping up 6.9%.
Heavy building materials, up 1.6%, and plumbing heating and electrical, up 1.2%, showed slower growth.
Sales in the first eight months of 2018 were 4.5% up on the same period in 2017. Plumbing, heating and electrical, up 9.2%, was the best performing sector; with timber and joinery products, up 7.3%, also performing strongly. Landscaping (+3.9%) and heavy building materials (+3.3%) were among nine categories that grew more slowly. Average sales per day for January to August were up 3.9% on the same months in 2017.
Sales for the rolling 12 months spanning September 2017 to August 2018 were 4.8% up compared to the same 12 months a year earlier. Plumbing, heating and electrical, up 8.7%, was the strongest sector, followed by timber and joinery products.
The Builders Merchant Building Index tracks builders merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data.
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