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Bricks thrown back at purchasers’ institute

4 Feb 2016: The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply stands accused of damaging the UK building materials sector with a ‘highly misleading and unhelpful’ commentary on the state of the industry. more »

January sees construction boom ease off

2 Feb 2016: The construction industry has been slow out of the stalls in January and growth rates appear to be softening. more »

New contract awards plummet 35% in January

2 Feb 2016: There was a 35% year-on-year fall in the value of new construction contracts awarded in January 2016, according to data gathered by the Builders’ Conference. more »

Mace has doubts about future workloads

29 Jan 2016: Latest forecasts from Mace predict construction tender cost inflation to hold at 4% for this year and next before falling to 3.5% in 2018. more »

NHBC registrations show housing output still not at boom levels

28 Jan 2016: New home registrations in the UK rose 7% in 2015 to its highest level since 2008, according to data from the National House Building Council (NHBC), while completions were up nearly 17%. more »

Construction set to create 232,000 new jobs by 2021

27 Jan 2016: The construction industry is going to need nearly a quarter of a million new recruits by 2021. more »

Fourth quarter slowdown 'cause for concern'

25 Jan 2016: Smaller building firms across the country saw their workload growth rate dip towards the end of 2015, the Federation of Master Builders' (FMB) latest state of trade survey indicates. more »

Growth in construction product sales starts to slow

25 Jan 2016: Sales of construction products have now been rising for 11 consecutive quarter, but the growth rate has now begun to slow down. more »

Average contract values rise 18%

22 Jan 2016: A raft of ‘mega projects’ helped drive a £10bn rise in the value of construction contracts awarded in the UK in 2015. more »

Global plant sales forecast to start growing

21 Jan 2016: Industry analysts believe that global plant sales volumes bottomed out in 2015 and are now set to start growing again. more »

EU sees civils work fall and building grow

20 Jan 2016: Overall construction output in the EU rose in November compared to October, with growth in building work compensating for a fall in civil engineering. more »

Study says house-builders create 100,000 jobs

20 Jan 2016: The rise in house-building activity created more than 100,000 new jobs in England alone last year, according to a study published by the Home Builders Federation (HBF). more »

ONS estimates: Output fell 0.5% in November 2015

18 Jan 2016: Construction industry output decreased by 0.5% in November 2015, compared with October 2015, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates. more »

Low volume house-builders recover more slowly

18 Jan 2016: They say a rising tide floats all boats, but when it comes to house-builders, it seems, the bigger boats are riding the crest of a higher wave. more »

Self-build market slow to grow

15 Jan 2016: While several leading house-builders are reporting record output for 2015, new figures suggest that the self-build sector is not enjoying the same kind of resurgence. more »

Singapore predicts $34bn construction spend

15 Jan 2016: Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (BCA) estimates that the total value of construction contracts to be awarded this year will be between S$27bn (£13bn) and S$34bn (£16.5bn). more »

More than 50,000 construction firms 'in distress'

14 Jan 2016: According to a firm of insolvency specialists, more than 50,000 construction and real estate firms experienced have begun the year in ‘significant’ financial distress. more »

Skill shortages are pushing up construction wages

14 Jan 2016: Construction industry wages rose by 6% in 2015 as skills shortages continued to get worse. more »

Irish construction sees growth quicken

11 Jan 2016: Ireland’s construction sector ended 2015 on a positive note, with activity rising at a sharp pace in response to a further steep growth in new orders. more »

US contractors gear up for recruitment drive

7 Jan 2016: New research shows that 71% of US contractors plan to expand headcounts this year to cope with expected growth in a range of public and private markets. more »

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