July sales up 2.9% year-on-year

Total builders’ merchants’ sales in July were up 2.9% in value compared with the same month last year. Most categories saw sales increase compared to July 2018. Workwear & Safetywear (+13.4%) Kitchens & Bathrooms (+6.4%), Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+6.0%) and Landscaping (+5.6%) increased the most. Among other categories, Timber and Joinery Products (-0.1%) and Tools (-5.1%) were down.

With one more trading day in July 2019, Total Builders Merchant average sales a day were down 1.6% on July 2018. However, Workwear & Safetywear (+8.5%), Kitchens & Bathrooms (+1.8%), Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+1.4%) and Landscaping (+1.0%) sold more per day.

Month-on-month
Compared with the previous month (June), July was up 13.3%. Much of this growth can be attributed to the trading day difference of 3 days between June and July.

On a sales per day basis only two sectors performed better in July than June, Services (+2.6%) and Miscellaneous (+3.9%). Other best performers were Decorating (-0.1%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (-0.3%).

Adjusted for trading days, Total Builders Merchant sales were 1.5% down. For comparison, Office of National Statistics (ONS) data for July estimates RMI growth was flat.

Rolling three months
Comparing the three months May, June and July 2019 with February, March and April 2019, Total Builders Merchants sales were up 7.6%. When adjusted for trading days, growth was up 2.5%.

Index
July’s BMBI index was 132.8, with Landscaping the highest category at 165.4. Heavy Building Materials was very close to the overall figure at 132.5.