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Contractors face margin erosion as inflation starts to bite

2 Dec 2016: The reduced value of the pound has led to the steepest rise in construction inflation for more than five years, the latest monthly survey of purchasing managers indicates. more »

Contract awards plummet 24% in November

5 Dec 2016: The value of new construction contracts signed in the UK fell by a quarter last month. more »

Builders' merchants enjoy third-quarter growth

25 Nov 2016: Sales of building materials through UK builders’ merchants rose by 3.8% in the three months after the EU referendum, compared with the same period of 2015. more »

Staffing levels up as Irish construction sector grows at faster pace

18 Nov 2016: Job creation in Ireland’s construction sector has risen at the fastest pace in eight months as confidence regarding future output improved. more »

Eurozone construction output drops 0.9%

18 Nov 2016: Construction output in the Eurozone in September was up 1.8% compared to the previous year but fell by 0.2% across the wider EU. more »

New housing output tops the magic 200,000 figure... sort of

16 Nov 2016: The government’s target of a million new homes within the life of this parliament might just be achievable, new figures suggest. more »

London office construction market shifts to refurbishment

15 Nov 2016: Total office construction across central London is at an eight-year high, but the market is now turning towards refurbishment rather than new build. more »

Survey indicates skills shortage has worsened since referendum

14 Nov 2016: While the EU referendum outcome has not led to an immediate slowdown in work for UK contractors overall, the shortage of skilled labour has become more severe since the result was announced. more »

Construction output down 1.1% post referendum

11 Nov 2016: GB construction output shrank by 1.1% in the three months after the EU referendum, according to latest official numbers. more »

CITB downgrades growth forecasts in wake of Brexit vote

8 Nov 2016: The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has downgraded its growth forecasts in the wake of the UK voting to leave the European Union. more »

Industry growth continues for most but inflation starts to threaten

7 Nov 2016: The third quarter of 2016 saw the construction industry grow for a 14th consecutive quarter, according to the latest construction trades survey, published today. more »

Confidence firm in building services sector

7 Nov 2016: A survey of electrical and building services contractors has found that 80% maintained or increased their turnover in the third quarter of 2016. more »

Housing drives autumn construction growth

2 Nov 2016: UK construction companies recorded a sustained expansion of overall business activity in October, led by another solid increase in residential work, according to the Markit/CIPS Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index. more »

Construction bounce-back shows resilience

24 Oct 2016: The third quarter of 2016 has seen a marked decrease in the number of construction companies in financial distress. more »

European construction output slips

20 Oct 2016: Construction output fell by 1.3% in August across the 28 countries of the European Union, according to latest figures from the EU statistical office, Eurostat. more »

RICS warns on cost of weak pound

20 Oct 2016: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is warning that the falling value of the pound against the US dollar and the euro will lead to higher costs for UK construction. more »

RICS blames Brexit uncertainty for slowing growth

20 Oct 2016: Latest quarterly workload report form chartered surveyors indicates that construction workloads in the UK continue to rise, albeit at a slower rate than previously seen in the past three years. more »

Consumer demand for building work holds steady

19 Oct 2016: The first survey of master builders since the EU referendum shows that their workloads have continued to rise, albeit at a slower pace. more »

Scottish confidence edges back up

17 Oct 2016: The latest survey of construction employers in Scotland suggests a return of business confidence within the industry north of the border. more »

Summer sees construction output slide

17 Oct 2016: UK construction output slowed again in August 2016, according to official figures. more »

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