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Builders’ Conference warns of impending slowdown

4 May 2016: Having averaged £4bn a month for the first quarter of 2016, new construction contract awards dipped to £3.4bn in April. more »

Construction is still growing but only just...

4 May 2016: Growth in construction industry output has slowed to a three-year low, the latest survey of purchasing managers suggests. more »

Mace reduces tender price forecast

29 Apr 2016: Economic uncertainty has prompted Mace to predict a softening in tender price inflation next year. more »

New home registrations fall 9%

29 Apr 2016: Latest statistics from the National House-Building Council show a significant decline in the number of new homes being registered in the first three months of 2016. more »

Planning permissions continue to rise

29 Apr 2016: Planning permissions for new homes in England has reached its highest level since 2008, indicating that house-building activity is set to continue growing. more »

Mergers market sees decline in ‘megadeals’

28 Apr 2016: PwC’s quarterly analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in engineering and construction has found a decrease in the total value of deals, driven by a substantial decline in transactions worth over $1bn (£686m). more »

Civils contractors see highways work fade away

28 Apr 2016: Civil engineering contractors are warning that lack of investment in the road network is acting as a brake on growth not just in the construction industry but for the whole UK economy. more »

Building firms report upswing in confidence as pay rates rise

27 Apr 2016: Small and medium sized building firms expect their costs to continue to rise, with skills shortages continuing to drive up pay rates. more »

Builders press ONS for a new definition of construction

22 Apr 2016: Government statistics take a too narrow view of the definition of ‘construction’, according to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). more »

European construction output drops but UK sees rise

20 Apr 2016: Output in construction was down by 1.1% in the Euro area and by 0.4% across the whole of the EU in February compared to January according to latest figures from the EU’s statistical office. more »

RICS survey indicates softening optimism

20 Apr 2016: A survey of quantity surveyors reveals a decline in optimism among the profession about their business prospects. more »

Is the industry growing or shrinking? Economists naturally differ

18 Apr 2016: The Office for National Statistics is investigating why its statistics are so at variance with the results of industry surveys. more »

Referendum wobbles prompt industry growth forecasts to be downgraded again

18 Apr 2016: The Construction Products Association has downgraded its industry growth forecasts for a third time after government figures revealed a further contraction at the start of the year. more »

Irish construction activity continues to rise

12 Apr 2016: There was continued strong growth in construction activity in Ireland in March, although the rate of expansion eased from February’s high. more »

EU vote dampens product manufacturers' confidence

8 Apr 2016: Sales of construction products increased in the first quarter of 2016, marking the twelfth consecutive quarter of growth. more »

German construction has its best quarter in five years

6 Apr 2016: There has been a solid rise in construction activity in Germany, roundsing off the best quarter in five years. more »

Construction industry about to complete three solid years of growth

4 Apr 2016: Latest survey of construction purchasing managers indicates that industry is continuing to chug along adequately, if unspectacularly. more »

NHBC data indicate slow start to year

29 Mar 2016: Latest numbers from the National House Building Council (NHBC) indicate a slow start to the year from the house-building industry, despite the relatively mild weather. more »

European equipment sales hold up despite regional disparities

18 Mar 2016: The European construction equipment market performed relatively well last year, but poor sales in Russia distorted the overall figures. more »

Construction output on course to reach 'record high’ this year

18 Mar 2016: Total construction output will reach an all-time high in Greta Britain 2016, according to latest forecasts from research specialist Leading Edge. more »

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