The Pulse

The Pulse: Supply shortages growing concern for merchants

Confidence in the market and sales expectations in May compared to April remained strong. However, merchants’ concerns have shifted from Brexit and Covid/lockdowns to supply shortages, which are worsening.

Merchants’ confidence in the market eased a little compared to April, while merchants’ confidence in the market for May compared to May last year remained extremely high, for obvious reasons. Interestingly, nationals (net +95%) were much more bullish than Regionals (+57%).

The Pulse, by MRA Research, is a monthly tracking survey of merchants’ confidence and prospects. Telephone interviewing took place between 5th and 10th May 2021.

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The Pulse is a monthly trends survey that tracks builders’ merchants’ confidence and prospects over time and is produced by MRA Research, the market research division of MRA Marketing. View all reports here.

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