UK Building Distribution and Products - 2020 forecasts upgraded (again); Grafton remains top pick

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We are upgrading 2020 forecasts for Grafton, Howdens and Travis Perkins. Recent updates confirmed a strong end to the year for building distribution/product businesses in the UK and Ireland. Companies with residential RMI exposure in particular enjoyed a significant recovery in trading in the second half of last year. Despite the continuing uncertainties, the three companies start the year in good shape, supported by very healthy balance sheets. Of this sub-sector, Grafton remains our preferred option.