UK equipment sales start to pick up, but still below 2023 levels

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SALES of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK increased in May after falling back in April, according to new research.

Stats provided by the construction equipment statistics exchange, which is run by Systematics International in partnership with the Construction Equipment Association (CEA), revealed that sales in May numbered over 2,600 units, which remains 19% below levels in the same period in 2023.

The increase is in line with expectations that the market is ‘stable’ following a difficult start to the year, and equipment sales are expected to show modest growth in the coming months.

Despite improvements, comparisons with sales last year are still negative due to the ‘exceptionally high’ sales levels seen in the first half of 2023.

Wheeled loaders and telehandlers for construction were the two best-performing higher-volume products, showing the lowest falls in sales. Road rollers continue to be the weakest performing product, with sales this year down 62% compared to levels seen in the first five months of last year.