Construction equipment sales are down by 36% in the first four months of the year

Retail sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK market fell by 36% in the first four months of the year compared with the same period in 2019. Following the sharp fall in March of 45%, sales “crashed” by 74% in April, compared with the same month last year, as a result of the ongoing impact of Covid-19.

In terms of the level of equipment sales, Q1 sales were just below 6,300 units, compared with over 8,000 units in the first quarter of 2019. Sales in March were just below 1,800 units, and following this, have fallen to just below 800 units in April. This compares with just over 3,000 units in April 2019.

The chart below shows sales for the major equipment types in the first four months of the year compared with the same period in 2019. This shows that the most popular equipment type, mini and midi excavators (up to 10 tonnes) have remained the most resilient so far this year, with sales showing a reduction of just under 26%. All the other types of equipment have experienced falls of 40% or more in sales, with compaction rollers seeing the biggest decline of over 60% compared with 2019.

 

A map of the UK below shows percentage changes in regional sales in the first four months of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. This shows that the lowest sales have been in the North East and South East (excluding London), at close to 50% down in the first four months of the year. In contrast, the strongest sales have been in Wales and the West Midlands, where sales have been between 15% to 20% down on last year’s levels in the first four months.

 

* The construction equipment statistics exchange is run by Systematics International Ltd. This scheme is run in partnership with the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), the UK trade association.