The latest figures from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI), published in January, reveal that total value sales by builders’ merchants across Great Britain were 17.4% higher in November 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, with one more trading day in 2021.

It was a significant month for a number of categories. Timber & Joinery Products (+30.2%) recorded its 15th consecutive month of year-on-year growth, Kitchens & Bathrooms (+14.5%) had its highest-ever monthly BMBI turnover and Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+13.8%) had its best month of 2021.

Compared to November 2019, a pre-pandemic year, total merchant value sales were up 28.0% in November 2021, with one more trading day in 2021. Eleven of the 12 categories sold more with Landscaping (+51.4%) and Timber & Joinery Products (+51.3%) still leading the pack.

Last three months

Total sales in the three months September to November 2021 were up 14.5% on the same period last year. Eleven of the twelve categories sold more, with Timber & Joinery Products (+32.4%) continuing to strongly out-perform the total market.


Month-on-month total merchant sales were 3.2% up on October 2021, helped by one more trading day in November. Renewables & Water Saving (+15.9%) performed best, followed by Workwear & Safetywear (+13.4%) and Kitchens & Bathrooms (+12.5%).


Total value sales January to November 2021 were up 31.5% compared with the same 11 months in 2020, with two less trading days in 2021. Year-to-date sales were also up 15.9% on January to November 2019, again with two less trading days in 2021.

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