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Second quarter housing starts up 18% on last year

22/08/2014: The level of England’s new housing construction activity in the April to June quarter of 2014 was unchanged on the first quarter but up 18% year-on-year. more »

New orders slow in July

21/08/2014: Residential construction accounted for 37% of the value of new construction contracts awarded in July, according to data collected by Barbour ABI, but overall new business was down on June. more »

European construction output falls

21/08/2014: Production in construction in June fell by 0.7% in the Eurozone compared to May and by 0.3% across all 28 countries of the EU (EU28). more »

Survey shows output up but so are costs

18/08/2014: The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today, show that activity rose in the second quarter of 2014 across all areas of construction, including building contractors, specialist contractors, civil engineers and product manufacturers. more »

Vacancies up, applicants down

12/08/2014: More job vacancies in construction are being advertised but fewer people are applying for them. more »

Construction output rises in June but recovery remains juddery

11/08/2014: Construction industry output in June is estimated to have risen by 5.3% year-on-year and by 1.2% compared with May 2014. more »

Subbies in short supply as Irish recovery gathers pace

11/08/2014: The Irish construction sector has experienced the fastest rise in new orders since November 2004 and sub-contractors are now in short supply. more »

German construction decline continues

08/08/2014: Overall activity in the German construction industry has declined for fourth month running, albeit at weaker rate. more »

Confidence surges to new heights among construction’s specialists

05/08/2014: More than half of the UK’s specialist construction contractors are now seeing their workload rising, according to a new survey, while nearly three-quarters are confident of growth ahead. more »

Supply chain under strain as house-building grows at fastest rate since 2003

04/08/2014: Strong output growth was sustained across the UK construction sector during July but delivery times are lengthening and subcontractors are getting harder to find. more »

CPA sees 10% growth over next two years

04/08/2014: The construction industry will grow by 10.0% over the next two years, according to latest forecasts from the Construction Products Association (CPA). more »

US construction jobs rise but spending falls

04/08/2014: US construction is experiencing an uneven recovery, with new government data showing that the sector added 22,000 jobs in July while spending retreated in June. more »

Aggregates sales growth suggests further construction output rise ahead

04/08/2014: Year-on-year sales of crushed rock aggregates rose 9% in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. more »

Private sector drives recent UK housing growth

01/08/2014: Housing growth in the UK over the last quarter was driven entirely by the private sector, NHBC’s new housing registration figures have shown. more »

Contractors are now turning down London work

29/07/2014: Construction industry capacity shortages have prompted Mace to increase its forecast for tender cost inflation in London as contractors become increasingly picky about projects they take on. more »

Planned spending on infrastructure reaches £383bn

25/07/2014: The latest update of the government’s National Infrastructure Pipeline says that planned investment has now increased to £383bn up to 2020 and beyond. more »

Drop in civils output causes fall in European construction

21/07/2014: Construction output across the 28 countries of the EU (EU28) fell by 1.6% in May compared with April. more »

Surveyors warn on worsening shortages

16/07/2014: Skills shortages and increasing delivery times for certain materials have become substantial constraints on construction activity, surveyors are warning. more »

Report predicts 22% surge in Gulf construction

16/07/2014: The total value of construction projects awarded in the Gulf region is likely to increase 22% this year to more than US$195bn (£114bn), according to a new report. more »

A sharp financial reverse for commercial building contractors

15/07/2014: Company Watch revisits the commercial building sector a year after we first ran a rule over it. And what a difference a year makes. Unfortunately, its not a change for the better, either. Nick Hood reports more »

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