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German construction grows at record pace

8 Sep 2017: Germany has experienced its fastest rise in new construction work since the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey began in September 1999. more »

Big-ticket projects drive growth in Australian construction

8 Sep 2017: Australia’s construction sector continued to expand in August, albeit at a reduced pace compared to July. more »

New Zealand building activity slips

6 Sep 2017: The winding-down of post-earthquake construction in Canterbury is resulting in a fall in New Zealand’s building activity. more »

HS2 sets contracts league on fire

5 Sep 2017: The BCLive contracts league table for August 2017 was totally dominated by the award of £6.6bn of civil engineering contracts for the HS2 rail project. more »

Construction growth continues to decelerate

4 Sep 2017: The UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index dipped again in August indicating a continuing summer slowdown. more »

UK construction machinery exports continue to grow

29 Aug 2017: UK exports of construction and earthmoving equipment continued on an upward trend in the second quarter of 2017, showing growth for the fourth consecutive quarter. more »

Construction pre-tax margins average 1.5%

28 Aug 2017: The UK’s Top 100 construction contractors collectively achieved a pre-tax profit margin of just 1.5% last year. more »

Trouble at the top – the 2017 TCI Top 100

25 Aug 2017: With red ink all over the balance sheets of the UK’s biggest construction groups, this year’s TCI Top 100 table does make for pretty reading. Will Mann reports on the latest financial performances of the industry’s major players. more »

House-building starts hit nine-year high

25 Aug 2017: Growth in house-building continues, according to government statistics, with new starts reaching their highest level since 2008. more »

Sales growth for building products

22 Aug 2017: Latest data from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows UK builders merchants growing their daily sales by 5.3% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to Q2 2016. more »

European construction output slips

21 Aug 2017: Output in construction slipped by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the wider European Union (EU28) in June compared with May. more »

Machinery sales up 6% in first half

21 Aug 2017: Sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK rose 6% by value in the first half of 2017. more »

New Zealand’s ready-mix production remains near record levels

18 Aug 2017: More than a million cubic metres of ready-mix concrete were produced in New Zealand in the second quarter of this year. more »

Construction faces doubts and fears despite continuing growth

11 Aug 2017: Construction companies are continuing to report business growth but are increasingly bracing themselves for an impending downturn. more »

Civils contractors report continued growth

11 Aug 2017: Latest workloads survey of civil engineering contractors suggests that their workload continues to rise and orders have also picked up. more »

Industry surveys at odds with government statistics

11 Aug 2017: Not for the first time, statisticians are delivering mixed messages about what is happening in the construction industry right now. more »

NHBC registrations in line with 2016

10 Aug 2017: Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during the second quarter of 2017, according to latest new home registration statistics from the National House Building Council (NHBC). more »

Subcontractor rates rise sharply in Germany

7 Aug 2017: Subcontractors in Germany have been increasing their rates sharply following growth in construction activity and a strong rise in new business. more »

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 »

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