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Construction growth prospects downgraded

7 Aug 2017: More economic gloom today with news that the UK construction industry is still in growth mode but is now at its slowest for six years. more »

Australian construction work surges

7 Aug 2017: Latest figures for the Australian construction sector show the strongest surge since the survey began in 2005. more »

Construction materials prices up 4.7%

3 Aug 2017: The ‘All Work’ construction material price index increased by 4.7% in June 2017 compared to June 2016. more »

Materials trade deficit hits £2.5bn in the first quarter

3 Aug 2017: Britain’s trade deficit in building products and materials widened by 7.4% in the first quarter of 2017 to reach £2,498m. more »

New contract awards hit five-year low

2 Aug 2017: Data gathered by the Builders’ Conference indicates a downturn in UK construction activity ahead with a slowdown in new contracts being signed. more »

Commercial building slowdown drags construction to 11-month low

2 Aug 2017: July 2017 proved to be the UK construction industry’s slowest month since august 2012, according to the latest monthly survey of industry purchasing managers. more »

More than 40,000 construction firms are operating on the brink of collapse

31 Jul 2017: There has been a 22% rise in the number of construction companies in significant financial distress over the past year, according to expert analysis. more »

Market for green roofs grows

28 Jul 2017: The market for green roofs is growing at 17% a year according to a report launched this week at an event in London. more »

Second quarter sees more acquisitions

27 Jul 2017: The second quarter of this year saw mergers and acquisitions in the global engineering and construction (E&C) sector grow to US$21.6bn (£16.5bn). more »

Scottish builders lose confidence

24 Jul 2017: The latest quarterly survey of Scottish builders has shown confidence declining as fears grow over their future work pipeline. more »

CITB identifies London skills shortages

24 Jul 2017: Annual construction activity levels in Greater London are set to remain at around £30bn for the next few years bringing potential skill gaps in a number of areas, according to a new report. more »

Construction SMEs report slowdown in growth

24 Jul 2017: Growth among construction’s small and medium businesses slowed down in the second quarter of the year, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). more »

European construction activity drops

21 Jul 2017: Construction output across the 28 countries of the European Union (EU28) dropped by 1.1% in May compared to April, though grew compared to the previous year. more »

Surveyors blame Brexit for slowing growth

20 Jul 2017: The latest construction survey form the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors indicates slowing workloads, with Brexit being blamed for delaying investment. more »

Growth in Irish construction work continues

11 Jul 2017: The growth in Ireland’s construction activity has remained at an elevated level, with firms reporting a strong rise in activity during June. more »

Australian construction continues to grow

10 Jul 2017: Australia’s construction sector maintained healthy growth in June, expanding for a fifth consecutive month. more »

Product manufacturers report confidence ebbing away

10 Jul 2017: Construction product manufacturers once again saw growth during the spring, but gloominess is starting to spread. more »

Construction output falls 1.2%

10 Jul 2017: Construction output fell in May 2017 by 1.2%, in both the month on month and three-month on three-month time series. more »

Growth momentum slows in June

4 Jul 2017: Latest monthly survey of construction industry purchasing managers shows weaker growth momentum across the industry in June. more »

EU output figures show mixed results

20 Jun 2017: Output in construction grew 2.7% across the EU in the year to April despite a 3.4% fall in the UK, according to latest figures from Eurostat. more »

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