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New Zealand construction firms struggle to fill vacancies

22 Mar 2017: Construction firms in New Zealand have a high proportion of hard-to-fill vacancies, according to latest government data. more »

Builders’ merchants’ sales up 5% in 2016

21 Mar 2017: A warm dry autumn provided an end-of-year boost to builders’ merchants, helping to lift their annual sales figures. more »

European construction output falls

20 Mar 2017: January saw a fall in construction output across the EU. more »

Growth in Irish construction accelerates

14 Mar 2017: The growth of construction activity in Ireland picked up in February and job creation remained at a near-record pace. more »

Timber imports keep rising

14 Mar 2017: Imports of timber and panel products are at their highest level for nine years, industry statistics show. more »

Construction output slowed in January

10 Mar 2017: Construction output fell by 0.4% in January 2017 compared with December 2016, although it was up 2.0% compared with a year earlier. more »

Engineers Ireland survey highlights attitude barriers facing girls

9 Mar 2017: More than 86% of engineers believe parents and school teachers can do more to break down the societal barriers to girls studying subjects that support careers in engineering, says a new survey by Engineers Ireland. more »

New York remains world's most expensive place to build

7 Mar 2017: New York is still the world’s most expensive city for construction, with Hong Kong and Geneva moving up to take second and third place, respectively. more »

German construction growth regains momentum

6 Mar 2017: Growth in the German construction sector picked up in February following a weather-related blip at the start of the year. more »

Infrastructure work drives February growth

2 Mar 2017: Civil engineering appears to have replaced house-building as the main driver of growth in UK construction. more »

Builders' merchants report 2016 growth

24 Feb 2017: UK builders’ merchants saw their sales grow by 5.2% in 2016, with a mild winter lifting fourth quarter numbers. more »

Housing starts reach nine-year high

24 Feb 2017: House-building activity has reached its highest level for nine years, government figures show. more »

European construction output sees falls and rises

20 Feb 2017: Output in the construction sector across the Eurozone fell by 0.2% in December compared to November but grew by 0.6% across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28), including a 2.2% rise in the UK. more »

Ireland sees near-record rise in construction employment

16 Feb 2017: Figures for January show a near-record rise in employment in the Irish construction sector as companies responded to greater workloads. more »

Brexit prompts more growth forecast revision

13 Feb 2017: Industry economists have been forced to tear up their forecasts in the wake of the Brexit vote and severely downgrade their view on the industry’s future. more »

December saw rise in construction output

13 Feb 2017: Construction output rose in December 2016, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). more »

Balfour Beatty tops contractors’ social media rankings

10 Feb 2017: An independent audit of the social media reach of Britain’s top construction contractors has put Balfour Beatty at the head of the pile. more »

Rising materials costs weaken industry outlook

8 Feb 2017: The rising cost of raw materials risks hampering not just contractors’ profits but also construction industry growth, the latest industry survey suggests. more »

Construction growth now depends on high-risk big infra

8 Feb 2017: The health of the construction industry over the next five years is on a knife-edge, heavily dependent of a few politically sensitive infrastructure projects of huge scope, according to new industry forecasts. more »

Growth slows but German optimism hits all-time high

7 Feb 2017: Growth in activity in the German construction market has slowed but optimism is at a record high, with the outlook at the brightest since firms were first surveyed in 1999. more »

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