Market Tracking

MRA Research, part of the MRA Group, also produces a series of published trends reports that track sales and expectations in the building materials and home improvement industries.


The Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) is a brand of the Builders Merchants Federation. Developed and produced by MRA Research, BMBI uses sales-out data from GfK’s General Builders’ Merchants Panel and includes a panel of leading industry Experts who speak for and explain their markets.

Download the monthly and quarterly reports, and all the insights from leading brand experts at


The Plumbing & Heating Merchant Index (PHMI) is a brand of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Developed, produced and produced by MRA Research, it uses sales-out data from GfK’s Plumbing & Heating Merchants Panel.  The PHMI provides reliable data, and a platform and voice for this important industry and for leading plumbing and heating brands to communicate to the wider market. Download the reports at

The Pulse is a monthly trends survey tracking builders’ merchants’ confidence and prospects over time. Produced by MRA Research, it captures merchants’ views of sales expectations, confidence in their business, confidence in the market, and the key issues and problems they experience. Download the reports at


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