An additional trading day in January 2017 on January last year contributed to 7.2% year on year sales value growth, according to the latest Builders Merchant Building Index. Adjusted for trading days, growth was 2.1%.
Although a little cooler, January was much drier compared to 2016 benefitting external projects and contributing to stronger growth in Landscaping (+8.8%) and Heavy Building Materials (+7.7%). Growth in these two areas was driven by a strong performance in the following sub-categories: Bricks & Blocks, Lintels, Roofing Products, Insulation, Builders Metalwork, Garden Walling/Paving & Driveways/Block Paving/Kerbs.
Four other categories also saw sales growth greater than the total channel, including Tools (+8.7%), Timber & Joinery (+8.2%) and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+7.9%).
Unsurprisingly, sales of Workwear & Safetywear did not gain from this year’s drier climate with sales values 2.8% down on a much wetter January 2016.
Total sales value in January was 22.8% up on December 2016 but down 0.6% when adjusted for trading days (17 in December 2016, 21 in January 2017). Timber & Joinery (+30.2%) was the biggest category to see growth ahead of the total channel.
January’s Builders Merchant Building Index was 94.7.
Mike Beard, Merchant Development Director Encon Insulation and BMBI’s Expert for Insulation Products – Distribution comments:
“The government has published Fixing Our Broken Housing Market, its long awaited housing white paper, in the drive to boost the UK’s housing supply. Representing a big policy shift and containing some ambitious measures, could this be the new blueprint to providing a smoother, more efficient framework to deliver more homes? Many of the proposed measures, if properly executed, will be a positive step forward in growing the housing supply to meet demand.
“For the rest of construction, you only have to take a look around to see positive signs of infrastructure activity with many building sites and tower cranes all over the big cities – a pleasing sight”.
Gilberts is supporting Conlon Construction in enabling Lancashire Constabulary to deliver services fit for purpose, in line with changing laws.Posted in Air Conditioning, Articles, Building Industry News, Building Services, Case Studies, Facility Management & Building Services, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - HVAC, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation
Garador’s new electrically operated roller garage door, the GaraGlide, is now available with a wireless optical sensor as an option.Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Doors, Information Technology, Innovations & New Products, Posts, Retrofit & Renovation
New guidance jointly produced by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and FIS is designed to help manage the transition back to the workplace.Posted in Architectural Ironmongery, Articles, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Regulations & Accreditations, Building Services, Doors, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Innovations & New Products, Interior Design & Construction, Interiors, news, Publications, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Site Preparation
Keystone Lintels provides a range of innovative, prefabricated brickwork solutions as part of the restoration and conversion of a series of barns into new homes along with the creation of nine new build houses.Posted in Articles, Bricks & Blocks, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Case Studies, Posts, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Steel and Structural Frames, Walls