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Builders' merchants report positive first quarter

21 May 2018: Despite a decline in construction output in the first quarter of 2018, sales at UK builders’ merchants still increased, albeit at a slower rate than before. more »

Global building costs set to rise

15 May 2018: Global construction costs are predicted to rise 4.3% this year, according to a new survey, with New York remaining the world’s most expensive place to build in. more »

Expansion in Irish construction accelerates

15 May 2018: Irish construction activity rose at a marked rate in April, with the rate of expansion accelerating to a three-month high. more »

London build-cost inflation eases

15 May 2018: Construction costs in London are set to rise by 2.8% in 2018, according to a study by quantity surveying firm Turner & Townsend. more »

Carillion and snow combine to check construction's growth

15 May 2018: There are no surprises in the Construction Products Association’s construction trade survey for the first quarter of 2018: the fall of Carillion and some beastly weather saw construction activity falter. more »

Study predicts rise in international arbitration

11 May 2018: A new study says that there is set to be an increase in the use of international arbitration to resolve cross-border construction disputes. more »

Construction output falls by more than £1bn in first quarter

10 May 2018: Construction output fell by 2.7% in the first quarter of 2018, according to revised estimates from the Office for National Statistics, making it the biggest three-monthly fall since August 2012. more »

Telehandler sales up 27% in Q1

9 May 2018: Unit sales of construction and earthmoving equipment in the UK grew by 5.7% in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, according to the UK equipment statistics exchange. more »

Capacity constraints hamper German rebound

8 May 2018: German construction activity returned to growth in April after the first quarter’s severe weather, but the rebound was only modest amid capacity constraints. more »

Concrete sales figures reveal softening markets

3 May 2018: First-quarter sales of mineral products were down this year, with the weather being cited as the cause. more »

April sees modest recovery after melting snow

2 May 2018: The monthly survey of construction purchasing managers indicates an ‘underwhelming’ recovery in construction output following the weather-related disruptions in March. more »

Outlook brightens for civils contractors

2 May 2018: Civil engineering contractors say that their workload was marginally down in the first quarter of 2018, overall, but orders were up. more »

Rising costs stymie growth for SME builders

2 May 2018: SME building firms are continuing to get more business but the price of their materials is rising across the board. more »

Brexit fears deepen among Scottish construction employers

30 Apr 2018: Scottish construction employers are getting less and less confident about their business prospects, citing concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on industry labour costs. more »

Concern about trade conflicts hits merger activity

27 Apr 2018: There has been a drop in the value of mergers and acquisitions in the engineering and construction sector amid increased concerns about potential trade conflicts. more »

More than 60,000 construction companies trading on the brink

25 Apr 2018: The number of UK construction companies in significant financial distress has risen by a quarter in the past year and doubled in the past 18 months. more »

Builders' merchant sales keep rising

22 Apr 2018: The latest data from the Builders Merchants Federation shows sales up 4.0% in February 2018 compared with February 2017. more »

Construction output flatlining in 2018

22 Apr 2018: Latest economic forecasts from the Construction Products Association reiterate its view that 2018 will see virtually no growth in industry output but the picture for 2019 looks a little better. more »

Surveyors report market resilience

19 Apr 2018: Construction workloads appear to be holding up rather well, judging by the latest market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). more »

FM costs set to escalate

19 Apr 2018: Facilities management contractors working on long-term fixed-price contracts could be in for a shock as their costs are forecast to surge in the next five years. more »

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