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Political risk clouds construction growth forecasts

16 Oct 2017: Construction activity will remain flat in 2018 but growth should return in 2019, according to latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association. more »

Building materials sales show continued growth

11 Oct 2017: New data released by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) shows that its members’ sales rose by 5.8% in August, year-on-year. more »

Ireland sees slowdown in growth of new orders

11 Oct 2017: Activity in Ireland’s construction sector has again risen sharply but growth has slowed in both new orders and employment. more »

Quarterly output down despite August rise

10 Oct 2017: Construction output grew 0.6% in August 2017 in Great Britain, compared to the previous month, predominantly driven by a 1.7% rise in new work. more »

Growth continues in Australian construction

10 Oct 2017: Australia’s construction industry has expanded for an eighth consecutive month. more »

Cost pressures increase in German construction

6 Oct 2017: Rates charged by German subcontractors at the fastest pace that has been recorded. more »

Brexit uncertainty starts to hammer construction activity

3 Oct 2017: The latest monthly survey of construction purchasers indicates that activity shrank in September 2017 for the first time in more than a year. more »

Contracts league table crashes back to reality

3 Oct 2017: UK construction contract awards returned to more normal levels in September 2017 after the HS2-induced heights of August. more »

Builders’ merchants sales up

26 Sep 2017: Builders’ merchants in Great Britain saw their aggregate sales rise 7% in July 2017 compared to July 2016. more »

Irish construction growth slows

11 Sep 2017: Ireland’s construction activity continues to experience marked growth but the pace has slowed to a 29-month low. more »

New orders slowdown indicates challenges ahead

11 Sep 2017: Further evidence that the UK construction industry is heading for a substantial downturn is contained in latest new orders data. more »

German construction grows at record pace

8 Sep 2017: Germany has experienced its fastest rise in new construction work since the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey began in September 1999. more »

Big-ticket projects drive growth in Australian construction

8 Sep 2017: Australia’s construction sector continued to expand in August, albeit at a reduced pace compared to July. more »

New Zealand building activity slips

6 Sep 2017: The winding-down of post-earthquake construction in Canterbury is resulting in a fall in New Zealand’s building activity. more »

HS2 sets contracts league on fire

5 Sep 2017: The BCLive contracts league table for August 2017 was totally dominated by the award of £6.6bn of civil engineering contracts for the HS2 rail project. more »

Construction growth continues to decelerate

4 Sep 2017: The UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index dipped again in August indicating a continuing summer slowdown. more »

UK construction machinery exports continue to grow

29 Aug 2017: UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued on an upward trend in the second quarter of 2017, showing growth for the fourth consecutive quarter. more »

Construction pre-tax margins average 1.5%

28 Aug 2017: The UK’s Top 100 construction contractors collectively achieved a pre-tax profit margin of just 1.5% last year. more »

Trouble at the top – the 2017 TCI Top 100

25 Aug 2017: With red ink all over the balance sheets of the UK’s biggest construction groups, this year’s TCI Top 100 table does make for pretty reading. Will Mann reports on the latest financial performances of the industry’s major players. more »

House-building starts hit nine-year high

25 Aug 2017: Growth in house-building continues, according to government statistics, with new starts reaching their highest level since 2008. more »

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