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Research and Markets: Builders Merchants Market Report 2012

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/slxfm6/builders) has announced the addition of the "Builders Merchants Market Report 2012" report to their offering.

This Key Note Market Report examines the UK builders' merchants market. In 2011, the market for builders' merchants was estimated to have a value of £11.84bn, representing an increase of 3.4% on the previous year.

The builders' merchants market is heavily dependent on output within the construction industry and, as such, this Market Report includes analysis of the UK construction industry by sector, including housing, commercial, industrial and infrastructure construction; and repair, maintenance and improvement (RM&I) work. Builders' merchants represent a key aspect of the construction industry supply chain, providing a vast range of materials, components and equipment. Products stocked by builders' merchants can be classified into three broad categories: heavyside materials, such as bricks, cement, concrete blocks and similar items; lightside materials, such as electrical equipment, tiles, heating/plumbing equipment and similar; and tools or tool-hire services, including power tools, generators and cement mixers.

The construction industry, upon which builders' merchants are reliant, was severely affected by the economic downturn, with private housebuilding and commercial construction, in particular, reduced significantly. This, in turn, resulted in declining demand for building materials and components, forcing many builders' merchants including many of the major companies engaged in the market to reduce output, restructure their operations, or dispose of their less profitable business concerns.

More recently, with the introduction of austerity measures in an effort to reduce the UK's public budget deficit, public sector construction output has been reduced, with increasingly subdued growth or decline exhibited in certain sectors. Despite growth in private sector construction over the last 2 years, these public sector spending cuts are expected to affect the construction industry more significantly in 2012 and will likely offset any growth experienced in private sector construction output.

With the impact of public sector spending cuts on the construction industry, along with continued economic uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis, significant growth in the builders' merchants market is unlikely over the short term. Continued recovery in the private sector, however, should provide subdued growth in 2013, with stronger growth returning as public sector spending returns.

Companies Mentioned

- The Bss Group Ltd

- Grafton Group Plc

- Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Ltd

- Sig Plc

- Financial Profile

- Travis Perkins Plc

- Wolseley Ltd

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/slxfm6/builders

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Source: Research and Markets