Vietnam: slow construction industry weighs on materials sales

Vietnam: slow construction industry weighs on materials sales
Published: 17 August 2011

The Vietnam building materials market has had a tough time lately due to a downturn in the building industry and increased production.

The Viet Nam Building Material Association said production at factories making cement and ceramic tiles had increased against the same period last year while consumption had reduced.

Nguyen Thi Thuy, owner of Tien Thuy building material shop in Hoang Quoc Viet Street, said sales always fell in the wet season but this year they were down from the beginning of the year and hadn’t recovered.

Pham Thanh Trung, owner of Son Tung shop in Tay Ho Street, Ha Noi, said the shop had a YoY reduction of 70 per cent in revenue to VND300m (US$14,527) in June.

Nguyen Tien Nghi, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Steel Association, said consumption of steel had fallen to 298,000t in June and recovered to 359,000t in July, still much lower than the average consumption of 400,000t a month.

Sales were not expected to improve before the end of this year due to reduced public investment and expenditure on construction in a period of high inflation, Nghi said.

Consumption of cement in July had also reduced by 360,000t against June to 3.59Mt, said Le Van Diep, head of the administrative office at the Viet Nam Cement Association.

To promote sales of building materials, producers and retailers had offered large discounts.