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Strong finish to 2016 cements year of growth for Builders Merchants

Another strong set of results for the final quarter of 2016 completes a further year of growth in sales of building materials through UK builders merchants. The latest figures from the BMF’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) Q4 report show that generalist merchants generated annual revenues in excess of GBP5.44bn with sales value growth of 5.2% on 2015.

Total merchant sales in the BMBI report for Q4 2016 were up 5.5% on the same period in 2015. A warmer, drier autumn extended the season for external works. Landscaping (up 10.3%) and Heavy Building Materials (up 7.1%) were the two best performing categories in Q4, the latter driven by several key sub-categories including roofing products, lintels and plasterboards.

Two further categories outperformed the total market in Q4....

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