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Construction faces doubts and fears despite continuing growth

11 Aug 2017: Construction companies are continuing to report business growth but are increasingly bracing themselves for an impending downturn. more »

Civils contractors report continued growth

11 Aug 2017: Latest workloads survey of civil engineering contractors suggests that their workload continues to rise and orders have also picked up. more »

Industry surveys at odds with government statistics

11 Aug 2017: Not for the first time, statisticians are delivering mixed messages about what is happening in the construction industry right now. more »

NHBC registrations in line with 2016

10 Aug 2017: Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during the second quarter of 2017, according to latest new home registration statistics from the National House Building Council (NHBC). more »

Subcontractor rates rise sharply in Germany

7 Aug 2017: Subcontractors in Germany have been increasing their rates sharply following growth in construction activity and a strong rise in new business. more »

Construction growth prospects downgraded

7 Aug 2017: More economic gloom today with news that the UK construction industry is still in growth mode but is now at its slowest for six years. more »

Australian construction work surges

7 Aug 2017: Latest figures for the Australian construction sector show the strongest surge since the survey began in 2005. more »

Construction materials prices up 4.7%

3 Aug 2017: The ‘All Work’ construction material price index increased by 4.7% in June 2017 compared to June 2016. more »

Materials trade deficit hits £2.5bn in the first quarter

3 Aug 2017: Britain’s trade deficit in building products and materials widened by 7.4% in the first quarter of 2017 to reach £2,498m. more »

New contract awards hit five-year low

2 Aug 2017: Data gathered by the Builders’ Conference indicates a downturn in UK construction activity ahead with a slowdown in new contracts being signed. more »

Commercial building slowdown drags construction to 11-month low

2 Aug 2017: July 2017 proved to be the UK construction industry’s slowest month since august 2012, according to the latest monthly survey of industry purchasing managers. more »

More than 40,000 construction firms are operating on the brink of collapse

31 Jul 2017: There has been a 22% rise in the number of construction companies in significant financial distress over the past year, according to expert analysis. more »

Market for green roofs grows

28 Jul 2017: The market for green roofs is growing at 17% a year according to a report launched this week at an event in London. more »

Second quarter sees more acquisitions

27 Jul 2017: The second quarter of this year saw mergers and acquisitions in the global engineering and construction (E&C) sector grow to US$21.6bn (£16.5bn). more »

Scottish builders lose confidence

24 Jul 2017: The latest quarterly survey of Scottish builders has shown confidence declining as fears grow over their future work pipeline. more »

CITB identifies London skills shortages

24 Jul 2017: Annual construction activity levels in Greater London are set to remain at around £30bn for the next few years bringing potential skill gaps in a number of areas, according to a new report. more »

Construction SMEs report slowdown in growth

24 Jul 2017: Growth among construction’s small and medium businesses slowed down in the second quarter of the year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). more »

European construction activity drops

21 Jul 2017: Construction output across the 28 countries of the European Union (EU28) dropped by 1.1% in May compared to April, though grew compared to the previous year. more »

Surveyors blame Brexit for slowing growth

20 Jul 2017: The latest construction survey form the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors indicates slowing workloads, with Brexit being blamed for delaying investment. more »

Growth in Irish construction work continues

11 Jul 2017: The growth in Ireland’s construction activity has remained at an elevated level, with firms reporting a strong rise in activity during June. more »

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