Research and Markets: Plumbers Merchants Market Report - UK 2012-2016 Analysis

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Plumbers Merchants Market Report - UK 2012-2016 Analysis" report to their offering.

Following the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, the plumbers' merchants market saw a significant decline in value of 20% over the two years. The level of housebuilding declined rapidly, along with the number of housing transactions. Construction in the commercial sector also fell, with only the end-use sectors of public new work and infrastructure showing growth. Consequently the merchants' market fell from £4.6bn in 2007 to just over £3.7bn in 2009.

The market recovered a little in 2010 supported by growth in the domestic sector (both new & RMI) as well as some non-domestic sectors including infrastructure, education, entertainment & leisure and industrial. Other sectors such as commercial, retail and health achieved lower rates of decline in 2010 compared to 2009.

However, 2011 proved to be a more challenging year as public sector cuts started to affect the market, with a decline in output of both health and education sectors as well as a lower rate of growth in the previously strong infrastructure sector.

Domestic RMI expenditure remained reasonably positive throughout the downturn as consumers improved rather than moved'. However, the economic situation impacted on high value home improvement projects in particular, such as kitchens and bathrooms. The market was worth an estimated £3.73 billion in 2011.

The prospects for 2012 are for a slight decline, with low levels of consumer confidence continuing to affect higher value home improvement projects. The poor weather throughout H1 2012 also impacted on building projects.

The main market driver in 2013 will be RMI expenditure which is expected to increase by around 3%. New housing starts are expected to increase modestly in 2013, although it is estimated that completions will remain fairly static. Low construction output and the impact of budget cuts in the public sector will continue to affect the market in 2013.

Other factors affecting the merchants include the cost of fuel and energy as well as the volatility of the exchange rate of Sterling against both the US Dollar and the Euro. Rising cost of raw materials and product shortages may also impact the sector. The commencement of the Green Deal is likely to boost demand for some heating products.

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Companies Mentioned - for a full list, please click here

- A Thompson & Sons

- Beesley & Fildes

- Bradfords Building Supplies

- C&W Berry

- Carvers Building Supplies

- Cemco

- Crossling

- David Cover

- EH Smith

- Grant & Stone

- Haldane Fisher

- Huws Gray

- James Hargreaves

- JT Dove

- Kent Blaxill & Co

- Lawsons (Whetstone)

- MKM Building Supplies

- MP Moran & Sons

- Ridgeons

- Robert Price

- Sydenhams

- Travis Perkins

- Williams Trade Supplies

- Wolseley.

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Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Sector: Retailing and Services


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716
Sector: Retailing and Services