Britain’s Builders' Merchants Buck Downbeat ONS Construction Trend

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Britain’s Builders\' Merchants Buck Downbeat ONS Construction Trend

Building on growth in the first six months of 2016, builders' merchants continue to report strong sales in September and Q3, bucking the flat construction trends reported by the Office of National Statistics.

The Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) tracks builders’ merchants’ actual sales to builders and contractors using GfK data. The BMBI covers over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

  • September sales +3.2% on September 2015
  • Q3 sales +3.8% on Q3 2015
  • January-September sales +5.1% on first nine months of 2015

Particularly strong September performances were seen in timber and joinery, kitchens and bathrooms, and ironmongery which all had their strongest performances in the last 12 months.
Click here for the full Q3 2016 report.


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