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Merchants report strong month

26 Jul 17 Builders’ merchants sold 8.5% more to builders and contractors in May 2017 than in the same month the previous year, assisted by one extra trading day.

The rise is 3.3% when adjusted for trading days.

The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Federation show that kitchens & bathrooms had the biggest increase (+13.0%), with timber & joinery products (+10.1%) also well ahead of the channel average. The Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) tracks actual sales to builders and contractors using point-of-sale tracking data gathered by GfK. The BMBI represents over 80% of the value of the builders' merchants' market.

Landscaping (+6.0%) had its strongest performance since GfK’s data was first collected in July 2014, helped by May’s particularly warm weather, the third-warmest May in 50 years.

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