Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI)

Merchants sales up 6 in May compared to April 2019 but flat year on year

Total Builders Merchants value sales in May 2019 were flat (+0.0%) compared with the same period in 2018. Following strong growth in the period February to April, sales were somewhat disappointing in May – in particular for Landscaping, which had seen three months of double-digit growth, but a sales increase of only 0.4% in May compared to last year. Both Timber & Joinery Products (+0.9%) and Heavy Building Materials (+0.3%) saw sales increase only marginally. The strongest category was Workwear & Safetywear, in which sales had increased by 4.2%.

The latest Monthly Construction Update from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy highlights BMBI as one its sources. Featured alongside highlights from the ONS, CPA, Experian and the Bank of England. It’s another milestone for BMBI. You can download a copy of the update here.

The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) 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.

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Source: GfK Builders' Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 - May 2019.

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