Figures show boom in builders’ merchant sales

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THE latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report has revealed that value sales in November 2021 rose by 17.4% compared to the same month in 2020, with ‘record’ performances recorded across a number of categories.

Timber & joinery products (up 30.2%) recorded its 15th consecutive month of year-on-year growth, while renewables & water saving (18%) and landscaping (17.1%) also performed strongly.

Services (17.1%) had its best ever monthly sales since the BMBI started in July 2014, and kitchens & bathrooms (14.5%) had its highest ever monthly BMBI turnover.

Plumbing, heating & electrical (13.8%) had its best month of 2021, and heavy building materials experienced a 13.5% increase.

Like-for-like sales, which take trading day differences into account, were up 12.1% year-on-year.

Compared to November 2019, before the pandemic, total merchant value sales were up 28% in November 2021, with one more trading day in 2021. Eleven of the 12 categories sold more.