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Builders merchants' sales resilient in January

March 2021

The latest BMBI report  says that total builders merchants' January value sales were 3.7% lower than in January 2020.  However, there was a two day difference in trading days and, on an adjusted basis, sales were higher than in January last year.

Three categories did better; Timber & Joinery Products (+7.7%), Landscaping (+3.7%), and Workwear & Safetywear (+2.4%).  In contrast, indoor trades appear to have been negatively affected by the return to lockdown.  Both the Plumbing Heating & Electrical, and Kitchens & Bathrooms, categories saw double-digit falls, with Decorating the weakest category at 17.2% below last years’ level.

The BMBI (Builders Merchant Building Index) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK’s Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

To download the full January 2021 report, and catch the latest Round Table Debates, trends, analysis, comment, and industry issues from BMBI’s panel of construction industry experts, visit:

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