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Merchants’ sales fall as Brexit deadline nears, says BMBI

By October 22, 2019 No Comments

After a strong start to the year, growing uncertainty around Brexit has led to a marked slowdown in merchants’ sales in Q2, according to the latest figures from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI).*

As the 31st October deadline looms closer, it’s clear that the uncertainty is continuing to impact negatively on merchants’ sales.

Total builders’ merchants’ sales in August 2019 were down 5.6% compared with the same period in 2018. On a like-for-like basis, with one less trading day, average sales a day were only 1.1% down. The best performing sector in August was kitchens and bathrooms, which increased by 3.0% year-on-year, on an adjusted basis.

The 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. It is managed by the BMF, MRA Marketing and GfK.

Visit to see the full August 2019 report. You can also read trends, analysis and industry issues from the BMBI Panel of construction industry experts.

* Source: GfK Builders’ Merchant Point of Sale Tracking Data July 2014 – August 2019.