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US rise in construction jobs continues

30/10/2014: Construction employment has increased in more than two thirds of US metropolitan areas in the past year. more »

Survey shows construction professionals feel good about their work

29/10/2014: A survey of more than 700 construction professionals has revealed that only 10% would not recommend working in the industry, while 74% would. more »

House-builders at their busiest since 2007

23/10/2014: Registration statistics for new homes indicate that house-building is at its highest level since 2007. more »

CPA revises growth forecasts upwards

20/10/2014: The construction industry is expected to grow 23% by the end of 2018, according to the latest industry forecasts. more »

Plumbers and plasterers join brickies and chippies on construction's most wanted list

17/10/2014: Latest state of trade survey by the Federation of Master Builders shows continuing growth in most sectors but almost half of firms are struggling to find the skilled labour they need. more »

Quarter of UK commercial property is now foreign owned

15/10/2014: Overseas investors have for the first time overtaken UK institutions to become the largest owners of UK commercial property, new data from the Property Industry Alliance reveals. more »

Sharp rise in housing boosts Irish construction

14/10/2014: Ireland’s construction sector saw a further strong monthly improvement in September, led by the fastest rise in housing activity in the survey’s 14-year history. more »

Domestic sales still rising for construction products

13/10/2014: Latest data from construction products suppliers provide a more upbeat picture of the health of the industry than the latest government figures. more »

Output drops off in August as house-building slows

13/10/2014: Construction industry output fell in August 2014, with a marginal decline year-on-year but a more pronounced drop on the July 2014 figures. more »

Fall in German construction output slows

09/10/2014: Overall construction activity in Germany stabilised in September, marking an end to the recent downturn. more »

Australia’s construction growth hits nine-year high

08/10/2014: Australia’s construction sector is experiencing its strongest pace of expansion in nine years. more »

Analysis: Top 100 Contractors 2014

03/10/2014: In our 2014 look at who’s up & who’s down among UK construction contractors, we find that Dawnus has the best profit margin, Geoffrey Osborne is the highest climber but Thomas Armstrong Group is financially the healthiest. Kier and Galliford Try, however, may need to take action. more »

PMI survey shows growth up again but optimism ebbs a little

02/10/2014: According to the latest survey of purchasing managers, September saw the sharpest growth in output for the UK construction industry for eight month. more »

Contracts league tops £5bn in September

02/10/2014: The Builders’ Conference BCLive contracts league table entered uncharted waters in September as the monthly total smashed through the £5 billion mark. more »

Scottish optimism declines

29/09/2014: Scottish construction bosses remain moderately optimistic about business prospects but not as much as they were three months ago. more »

New home registrations up 10% last month

24/09/2014: This summer saw a 6% rise in new home registrations over last year, latest data reveals, with August numbers up 10%. more »

UK rises in rankings for foreign investment

22/09/2014: An assessment of the world’s best countries for investing in infrastructure has put the UK in the top 10. more »

Steep rise for commercial sector

22/09/2014: The total value of commercial & retail construction contracts in August almost doubled compared to the same month in 2013, industry analysts have calculated. more »

European construction output stablises

18/09/2014: Production in Europe’s construction sector remained stable in July according to initial estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. more »

Construction costs rise 6%

17/09/2014: Government figures show that construction costs have risen by 6% in the past year. more »

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