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Scottish optimism declines

Scottish optimism declines

29/09/2014: Scottish construction bosses remain moderately optimistic about business prospects but not as much as they were three months ago. more »

UK rises in rankings for foreign investment

UK rises in rankings for foreign investment

22/09/2014: An assessment of the world’s best countries for investing in infrastructure has put the UK in the top 10. more »

European construction output stablises

European construction output stablises

18/09/2014: Production in Europe’s construction sector remained stable in July according to initial estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. more »

July output up 2.6% on the year

July output up 2.6% on the year

12/09/2014: Construction industry output grew in July 2014 by 2.6% year-on-year but saw no change compared with the previous month’s output. more »

New high for planning permissions but smaller builders missing out

New high for planning permissions but smaller builders missing out

11/09/2014: The Home Builders Federation’s latest Housing Pipeline report shows that planning permissions for new homes in England reached their highest level for more than six years this spring. more »

August saw 45% jump in new work

August saw 45% jump in new work

05/09/2014: There was a 45% increase in the value of construction contracts awarded in August 2014 compared to August 2013. more »

Subcontractor rates reach new high

Subcontractor rates reach new high

02/09/2014: August saw another rapid upturn in construction output, according to the latest monthly survey of purchasing managers, with cost pressures mounting as a result. more »

Labour shortages force US contractors to turn down work

Labour shortages force US contractors to turn down work

28/08/2014: Construction employment increased in 223 metropolitan areas of the USA in the last year and 25% of contractors report turning down work because of labour shortages, according to new research. more »

New orders slow in July

New orders slow in July

21/08/2014: Residential construction accounted for 37% of the value of new construction contracts awarded in July, according to data collected by Barbour ABI, but overall new business was down on June. more »

Survey shows output up but so are costs

Survey shows output up but so are costs

18/08/2014: The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today, show that activity rose in the second quarter of 2014 across all areas of construction, including building contractors, specialist contractors, civil engineers and product manufacturers. more »

New home registrations up 10% last month

New home registrations up 10% last month

24/09/2014: This summer saw a 6% rise in new home registrations over last year, latest data reveals, with August numbers up 10%. more »

Steep rise for commercial sector

Steep rise for commercial sector

22/09/2014: The total value of commercial & retail construction contracts in August almost doubled compared to the same month in 2013, industry analysts have calculated. more »

Construction costs rise 6%

Construction costs rise 6%

17/09/2014: Government figures show that construction costs have risen by 6% in the past year. more »

Building services contractors reveal rising confidence

Building services contractors reveal rising confidence

12/09/2014: Further confirmation of construction industry recovery comes from the latest Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) state of trade survey. more »

Irish construction marks full year of growth

Irish construction marks full year of growth

08/09/2014: Sharp expansion in August means that activity in the Irish construction sector has now increased in each month for a full year. more »

US construction spending returns to 2008 levels

US construction spending returns to 2008 levels

03/09/2014: Construction spending in the USA in July reached the highest level since late 2008, with monthly and year-on-year gains in all major categories, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. more »

East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

East Midlands sees surge in number of new homes

29/08/2014: The number of new homes being registered across the UK remains slightly ahead of corresponding statistics for last year according to new figures from NHBC, but there were considerable regional differences. more »

Second quarter housing starts up 18% on last year

Second quarter housing starts up 18% on last year

22/08/2014: The level of England’s new housing construction activity in the April to June quarter of 2014 was unchanged on the first quarter but up 18% year-on-year. more »

European construction output falls

European construction output falls

21/08/2014: Production in construction in June fell by 0.7% in the Eurozone compared to May and by 0.3% across all 28 countries of the EU (EU28). more »

Vacancies up, applicants down

Vacancies up, applicants down

12/08/2014: More job vacancies in construction are being advertised but fewer people are applying for them. more »

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