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European construction output rises

21 Sep 2016: Construction output rose 1.8% in the Eurozone in July compared by June and grew by 1.1% across all 28 countries of the EU (EU28). more »

Lack of available land constrains SME house-builders

20 Sep 2016: Local house-builders say that a lack of available sites is their biggest barrier to building more homes. more »

Lies, damn lies and house-building statistics

19 Sep 2016: A report out today says that the government’s house-building statistics under-report new build totals by as much as 20%. more »

New orders grow 8.6% in second quarter

12 Sep 2016: Latest official figures show construction output was unchanged in July 2016 compared to the previous month but second quarter new orders rose strongly. more »

Little referendum hangover for SME house-builders

7 Sep 2016: A survey of SME house-builders has revealed that two-thirds have seen no significant changes to their project pipelines in the wake of the EU referendum. more »

New contract awards rebound strongly

5 Sep 2016: New contracts data from the Builders' Conference provide further evidence of a construction industry starting to bounce back from referendum wobbles. more »

Construction purchasing managers indicate stability is returning

2 Sep 2016: UK construction activity continued to shrink in August but the signs suggest that the industry may now be stabilising from the hiatus caused by the EU referendum and the initial shock impact of its result. more »

Brick makers rail against estate agents' shortages claims

25 Aug 2016: Claims by estate agents that houses prices are rising excessively because of a shortage of bricks have been rubbished by brick producers themselves. more »

Australian stats show jump in Victoria’s construction

25 Aug 2016: Construction activity in the Australian state of Victoria has bucked the national trend by increasing 9.8% in the year to June 2016. more »

Builders' merchants report rising sales

24 Aug 2016: Latest numbers from builders’ merchants indicate a rise in sales in the second quarter of 2016. more »

UK maintains strong trade surplus in construction machinery

24 Aug 2016: UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued to show modest growth in the second quarter of 2016, and reverse the declining trend seen in 2015 when demand fell in many major overseas markets. more »

European construction output drops slightly

19 Aug 2016: Output across Europe’s construction sector dropped slightly in June compared to May, though remained stable in the Eurozone. more »

Construction output drop prompts call for investment

15 Aug 2016: June’s figures from the Office for National Statistics show a 0.9% drop in construction output compared to May. more »

Unpaid bills cost sole traders £8.1bn a year

15 Aug 2016: Sole traders are losing out on an average of £2,472 a year by giving up on chasing late payments, a survey has found. more »

Irish construction activity sees sharp rise

9 Aug 2016: Ireland’s construction sector experienced a sharp expansion in activity in July, on the back of an accelerated increase in new orders. more »

Germany continues to see slight growth in construction

5 Aug 2016: Germany’s construction sector reported a slight rise in activity in July, marking the 18th month of growth. more »

Quarterly brick sales up 10%

4 Aug 2016: New statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show growing demand for bricks in the second quarter. more »

Construction downturn is steepest for seven years

2 Aug 2016: Latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers reveals a further decline in activity in July. more »

New contract awards plummet

2 Aug 2016: In the first full month since the UK voted to leave the European Union, the value of new construction contract awards collapsed by more than a third on the previous month and by more than a half on the same month a year before. more »

Size of mergers declines in engineering and construction

29 Jul 2016: Latest figures from PwC show a decline in the average size of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global engineering and construction sector. more »

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