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Purchasing index moves back above 60

03/03/2015: February saw the sharpest expansion of construction activity for four months, pushing the purchasing manager’s index back above the 60 mark. more »

Slow public sector drags January new home registrations

27/02/2015: Latest figures show a 2% fall in new home registrations in January, although the rolling quarter saw continuing strong growth. more »

Skills shortage eases but not for brickies

22/02/2015: There was continued growth across the construction industry in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the latest pan-industry survey, but new orders are slowing for some. more »

B&ES survey indicates slowing of growth

22/02/2015: A survey of building services engineers suggests growth might be faltering in this sector. more »

House-building starts rose 10% in 2014

20/02/2015: Latest house-building figures show starts on new homes in 2014 totalled 137,010, which is 10% higher than in 2013. more »

Construction output grew 7.4% in 2014

16/02/2015: UK construction output decreased by 2.1% in Q4 2014 compared with the previous quarter, but the year as a whole saw 7.4% growth. more »

Structural steelwork demand to rise 19% by 2018

10/02/2015: A new market study forecasts that consumption of structural steelwork in the UK will rise from 818,000 tonnes in 2014 to 972,000 in 2018. more »

Specialist contractors raise their prices

09/02/2015: The number of specialist contractors increasing their tender prices is at its highest for eight years, according to a survey by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC). more »

Demand for subcontractors rises in Ireland

09/02/2015: The rate of expansion in the Irish construction sector slowed sharply in January, though the availability of subcontractors deteriorated at a marked rate. more »

Nearly half of surveying firms are turning down work

09/02/2015: The skills shortage in the construction industry is such that the surveying profession is becoming unable to meet demand. more »

Building product manufacturers see sales rise and fuel costs fall

09/02/2015: The Construction Products Association’s latest state of trade survey indicates that manufacturers of construction products ended 2014 with continued growth in sales. more »

US ends 2014 on six-year high

04/02/2015: Construction spending in the USA rose in December 2014 to a six-year high of US$982bn (£654bn). more »

Construction PMI bounces back

03/02/2015: The latest survey of construction industry purchasing managers indicates a good start to the year for the industry, although there signs that expansion is slowing. more »

Mace revises UK tender forecast as contractors start to make profits

03/02/2015: With contractors struggling to reach demand, cost consultants at Mace have upwardly revised their 2015 forecast for tender cost inflation. more »

Aggregate sales surged in 2014

02/02/2015: A strong rise in construction output in 2014 made it a good year for the quarrying and aggregates sector. more »

Construction growth rate to peak this year

02/02/2015: Construction output is forecast to increase by 5.3% in 2015 before softening in the next three years. more »

Detached homes make a comeback for house-builders

30/01/2015: More detached homes are now being built across the UK than at the peak of the last property boom in 2007. more »

Construction needs 45,000 recruits a year

27/01/2015: The construction industry is set to create more than 200,000 jobs over the next five years, new estimates suggest. more »

Output forecast to rise 3.7% next year

21/01/2015: Total construction output volume will grow by 4.2% in Great Britain this year before slowing to 3.7% in 2016, a market research firm is predicting. more »

European construction output dips

20/01/2015: November’s construction output across Europe dipped slightly from October’s figures but was up on the previous year. more »

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