The Builders Service provider Federation (BMF) began monitoring gross sales knowledge for its members in early 2014 and has not seen steady development up to now.
Nevertheless, the most recent figures present that whole service provider gross sales for the second quarter of 2019 decreased by 1.2% in worth in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
The month of June was significantly sluggish, with a turnover down eight.1% yr on yr, however with a buying and selling day lower than in June 2018.
Nevertheless, the decline was not full as buying and selling days have been fewer within the second quarter of 2019 than within the second quarter of 2018. Thus, though whole gross sales within the second quarter declined, gross sales have been down. common per day elevated by zero.four%.
The BMF's Builders Retailers Constructing Index (BMF) makes use of GfK's gross sales monitoring knowledge from greater than 80% of builders' service provider gross sales throughout the nation.
BMF Managing Director John Newcomb mentioned: "That is the primary quarter because the launch of the BMBI in 2014, however we stay cautiously optimistic, however we stay cautiously optimistic. The slowdown could also be associated to climate situations: climate situations have been reversed in 2019 and unusually moist and windy climate in June delayed work on the location. It is usually attainable that the slowdown in inventories boosted gross sales volumes in Q1. A 3rd chance is that persons are reluctant to purchase or enhance their properties till Brexit is solved as soon as and for all. "
Emile van der Ryst, director of GfK Perception, mentioned: "If persistent Brexit uncertainties have impacted on enterprise and client confidence in 2019, it’s the impact of maximum climate situations on the sector within the final 18 months. Q2 2018 gross sales elevated resulting from exterior building delays in Q1 after Beast from East, so it will be improper to judge Q2 2019 after a light winter. Cumulative figures proceed to point out worth development over 2018, with main sub-categories within the two primary product areas that contributed to this efficiency. Bricks, drywall, insulation, lumber and flooring all posted above-average market will increase within the first half of the yr, which clearly signifies that the market continues to hope for higher days. "