The Builders Merchants 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.
Its latest figures (Source: GfK Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 – Jan 2017) reveal that a drier climate and additional working day on last year also contributed to a strong start to 2017.
- +7.2% on January 2016
- +22.8% on December 2016
- -0.6% on December 2016, when adjusted for trading days
Particularly strong January performances were seen in Renewables & Water Management, Workwear & Safetywear, and Timber & Joinery.
Additionally, in its monthly analysis for January, the BMBI noted that an additional trading day over January 2016 was a key driver for the 7.2% year on year sales value growth. When adjusting for trading days, growth was 2.1% year on year. Although a little cooler, January was much drier compared to 2016 benefitting external projects and contributing to the stronger growth in Landscaping (+8.8%) and Heavy Building Materials (+7.7%).
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