This graph represents the national sales index.

BMF shows how merchant sales have changed

Published:  17 August, 2009

The Builders' Merchants Federation's Sales Indices measure the volume of sales. Regional variations can be seen by clicking on the...

... links below.

The Indices are based so that the average for 1995 is equal to 100. The Index figure for a particular month expresses that month's sales as a percentage relative to the 1995 average. They are adjusted for changes in prices and seasonal variations.

The Indices allow comparisons to be made between successive quarters and can identify turning points in sales trends.  It is advisable to make comparisons between three month periods, because the Indices can be erratic from one month to the next.

Regional indices as compared to the national index can be seen:

Northern

Yorkshire

East Midlands

East Anglia

South East

South West

West Midlands

North West

Wales

Scotland

 

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