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New plumbing market report available

The new AMA Research report entitled Builders and Plumbers’ Merchants’ Market – UK 2012-2016 is now available.

This is the 12th edition of the report, which reviews the developments in the merchants’ market, including the market recovery assisted by increased construction output in both domestic and non-domestic sectors, reaching an estimated value of £10.6bn in 2011.

In a statement the company said: “Following some significant changes in the builders and plumbers’ merchants’ market in recent years, the latter is now dominated by 4 national organisations competing in a highly fragmented market with many regional and local merchants.”

“The health of the market is directly related to the performance of the UK building and construction sector, influenced by both new-build and repair, maintenance and improvement activities.”

“Following a significant downturn in performance due to the recession and contraction of the Merchants’ core end-use sectors, the market recovered in 2010 and maintained its value in 2011.”

The report is available in hard copy or electronic format for £675 and can be ordered online at or by calling 01242 235724.