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Brick makers rail against estate agents' shortages claims

Brick makers rail against estate agents' shortages claims

25 Aug 2016: Claims by estate agents that houses prices are rising excessively because of a shortage of bricks have been rubbished by brick producers themselves. more »

Builders' merchants report rising sales

Builders' merchants report rising sales

24 Aug 2016: Latest numbers from builders’ merchants indicate a rise in sales in the second quarter of 2016. more »

European construction output drops slightly

European construction output drops slightly

19 Aug 2016: Output across Europe’s construction sector dropped slightly in June compared to May, though remained stable in the Eurozone. more »

Unpaid bills cost sole traders £8.1bn a year

Unpaid bills cost sole traders £8.1bn a year

15 Aug 2016: Sole traders are losing out on an average of £2,472 a year by giving up on chasing late payments, a survey has found. more »

Germany continues to see slight growth in construction

Germany continues to see slight growth in construction

5 Aug 2016: Germany’s construction sector reported a slight rise in activity in July, marking the 18th month of growth. more »

Construction downturn is steepest for seven years

Construction downturn is steepest for seven years

2 Aug 2016: Latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers reveals a further decline in activity in July. more »

Size of mergers declines in engineering and construction

Size of mergers declines in engineering and construction

29 Jul 2016: Latest figures from PwC show a decline in the average size of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global engineering and construction sector. more »

Surveyors report slowing growth

Surveyors report slowing growth

28 Jul 2016: Latest workload survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows growth continuing to soften as EU uncertainty delays investment. more »

US construction starts fall 7%

US construction starts fall 7%

24 Jul 2016: New construction starts in the USA dropped 7% in June compared to May, to an annual rate of US$595.1bn (£454bn). more »

Fall for UK and rise for Sweden in latest European construction stats

Fall for UK and rise for Sweden in latest European construction stats

20 Jul 2016: The latest figures from the EU’s statistical office see the UK amongst the losers while Sweden comes out on top. more »

Australian stats show jump in Victoria’s construction

Australian stats show jump in Victoria’s construction

25 Aug 2016: Construction activity in the Australian state of Victoria has bucked the national trend by increasing 9.8% in the year to June 2016. more »

UK maintains strong trade surplus in construction machinery

UK maintains strong trade surplus in construction machinery

24 Aug 2016: UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued to show modest growth in the second quarter of 2016, and reverse the declining trend seen in 2015 when demand fell in many major overseas markets. more »

Construction output drop prompts call for investment

Construction output drop prompts call for investment

15 Aug 2016: June’s figures from the Office for National Statistics show a 0.9% drop in construction output compared to May. more »

Irish construction activity sees sharp rise

Irish construction activity sees sharp rise

9 Aug 2016: Ireland’s construction sector experienced a sharp expansion in activity in July, on the back of an accelerated increase in new orders. more »

Quarterly brick sales up 10%

Quarterly brick sales up 10%

4 Aug 2016: New statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show growing demand for bricks in the second quarter. more »

New contract awards plummet

New contract awards plummet

2 Aug 2016: In the first full month since the UK voted to leave the European Union, the value of new construction contract awards collapsed by more than a third on the previous month and by more than a half on the same month a year before. more »

Mace expects tender prices to fall next year

Mace expects tender prices to fall next year

29 Jul 2016: Mace Cost Consultancy has revised its forecasts in the wake of the EU Referendum result and now expects tender prices to fall next year. more »

Civils contractors say growth years are now over

Civils contractors say growth years are now over

26 Jul 2016: The first national poll of civil engineering contractors since the EU referendum reveals that growth in the sector has ground to a halt. more »

So what now?

22 Jul 2016: With the post-Brexit machinations still being played out in the halls of Westminster and Brussels, what does life outside the EU mean for the UK construction sector? In the absence of facts, Neil Edwards looks at the figures more »

Construction output fell in May as house-building slows again

Construction output fell in May as house-building slows again

15 Jul 2016: Construction output in May 2016 is estimated to have decreased by 2.1% compared with April 2016. more »

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