The Pulse

The Pulse: A good start to the year for Merchants

In January, merchants reported a strong outlook with improvements in supply, but they remain cautious.

Merchants’ sales expectations for the first quarter (Jan-Mar) and the first half (Jan-Jun) are robust, and confidence in the prospects for their own business are very strong.

No lockdowns, the easing of restrictions and the pandemic being under control, have sustained merchants’ confidence. But uncertainty over emerging Brexit consequences, ongoing supply chain problems and rampant price inflation are breeding concern that they will ultimately impact on demand.

The Pulse, by MRA Research, is a monthly tracking survey of merchants’ confidence and prospects. Telephone interviewing took place between 4th and 7th January 2022.

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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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