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Q4 2014 builders merchants' sales reflect seasonal change

According to the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), plumbing, heating and electrical sales rose by 8.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014, reflecting a move to interior trades as winter set in.

The latest sales figures are generated by GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel, which represents 80% of the UK’s general builders merchants.

Plumbing, heating and electrical sales accounted for 5.6% of the total market share in Q4, up from 4.5% in Q3. 

Heavy building materials fell back to 46.3%, from 47.2%, and landscaping fell back to 6.5%, from 8.4%.

Sales of timber and joinery products declined by 11.6%, but their share of total sales remained constant – accounting for 21.2% in Q4 and 21% in Q3.

BMF managing director John Newcomb said: “The effect of seasonal trading is evident in these figures and is to be expected. Sales of heavy building materials dropped back in Q4. With 46.3% of the total sales within the heavy building materials category this quarter, the weakening demand towards the year-end had a major effect on total market performance.”

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