01 Jun 2022

Builders’ Merchants’ confidence in the market drops sharply but they still expect sales to increase

Merchants reported multiple problems affecting their business, including lead times and skills shortages, with supplier price rises and product availability being the greatest challenges.

The standout finding from The Pulse research is the significant gap between builders’ merchants’ confidence in the prospects for the market (a new low of a net -35% month on month) and a net +30% who remain confident in the prospects for their own business. The big question is how long that gap can continue.

The Pulse, by MRA Research – part of MRA Group, is a monthly tracking survey of merchants’ confidence and prospects. Telephone interviewing took place between 1st and 9th June 2022.

Download the latest Pulse report here

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