Builders’ merchants are slowly reopening
The BMF says that out of the 257 builders’ merchant stores for which it has data, 87 remain closed (34%) and 45 (17%) are now open. The other 127 (50%) are described as partially open, offering a restricted service.
While there are still more that are closed than fully open, the number that are open has risen 7% this week and the number that are closed has fallen by 12%.
The BMF also collects data on which suppliers of building materials and products are still operating during the coronavirus pandemic. It says that 102 out of 131 suppliers are now open (up 10% on last week), 19 are partially operating and just 10 are closed.
Further details can be found on the BMF website.
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