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English first-quarter housing starts down 9% year-on-year

27 May 2016: House-building activity in England has taken a dip this year but remains officially at its highest level since 2008 crash. more »

April stats show new wind in house-builders' sails

26 May 2016: There was a 17% year-on-year rise in NHBC registrations for new home starts in the UK in April 2016 and a 4% rise in completions. more »

European construction output falls again

24 May 2016: Output in Europe’s construction sector fell in March compared to both the previous month and to March 2015. more »

Bricklayers earn more than architects

24 May 2016: Shortages of skilled labour in the construction industry means that many bricklayers are now earning more than architects and taking home up to £1,000 a week. more »

UK is net exporter of construction machinery

23 May 2016: The UK is running a trade surplus in construction and earthmoving equipment, analysis reveals. more »

Cyber criminals target construction

17 May 2016: There were 77,000 incidents of online crime against construction premises last year, according to a new set of government statistics - although only 3% of cases were reported to the police. more »

Industry expects swift revision to latest government construction stats

16 May 2016: Construction industry analysts have expressed doubts over the accuracy of the latest findings from the government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), saying that they contradict other surveys. more »

London's construction activity accelerates

11 May 2016: The latest London Office Crane Survey from Deloitte has identified a 20-year high in the number of schemes starting. more »

Growth in Irish construction activity slows

9 May 2016: Ireland’s construction activity is still growing but the pace of expansion continues to slow. more »

Pan-industry survey highlights wobbles after 12 straight quarters of growth

9 May 2016: The latest Construction Trade Survey, covering the whole supply chain from product manufacturers to contractors on site, reveals a strong start to 2016 but stalled progress in the second quarter. more »

Builders’ Conference warns of impending slowdown

4 May 2016: Having averaged £4bn a month for the first quarter of 2016, new construction contract awards dipped to £3.4bn in April. more »

Construction is still growing but only just...

4 May 2016: Growth in construction industry output has slowed to a three-year low, the latest survey of purchasing managers suggests. more »

Mace reduces tender price forecast

29 Apr 2016: Economic uncertainty has prompted Mace to predict a softening in tender price inflation next year. more »

New home registrations fall 9%

29 Apr 2016: Latest statistics from the National House-Building Council show a significant decline in the number of new homes being registered in the first three months of 2016. more »

Planning permissions continue to rise

29 Apr 2016: Planning permissions for new homes in England has reached its highest level since 2008, indicating that house-building activity is set to continue growing. more »

Mergers market sees decline in ‘megadeals’

28 Apr 2016: PwC’s quarterly analysis of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in engineering and construction has found a decrease in the total value of deals, driven by a substantial decline in transactions worth over $1bn (£686m). more »

Civils contractors see highways work fade away

28 Apr 2016: Civil engineering contractors are warning that lack of investment in the road network is acting as a brake on growth not just in the construction industry but for the whole UK economy. more »

Building firms report upswing in confidence as pay rates rise

27 Apr 2016: Small and medium sized building firms expect their costs to continue to rise, with skills shortages continuing to drive up pay rates. more »

Builders press ONS for a new definition of construction

22 Apr 2016: Government statistics take a too narrow view of the definition of ‘construction’, according to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). more »

European construction output drops but UK sees rise

20 Apr 2016: Output in construction was down by 1.1% in the Euro area and by 0.4% across the whole of the EU in February compared to January according to latest figures from the EU’s statistical office. more »

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