The Pulse

The Pulse: Merchants’ confidence in the market tumbles


Merchants’ sales expectations remain at historically high levels for the month, quarter and six months ahead but confidence in the market tumbles as merchants consider the combined effects on demand of price increases, supply difficulties, fuel rises, the cost of living and the Ukraine conflict. However, confidence in their own businesses remains high.


The Pulse, by MRA Research, is a monthly tracking survey of merchants’ confidence and prospects. Telephone interviewing took place between 1st and 11th April 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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