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Builders’ merchant sales up nearly 5% in 2017

22 Feb 2018: Builders’ merchants report sales growth of 6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to a year before, and a 4.8% rise for the whole year. more »

German equipment manufacturers report continued boom

14 Feb 2018: Turnover in Germany’s construction equipment industry grew 15% in 2017, with 2018 predicted to be another good year. more »

Irish clients grow in confidence

13 Feb 2018: New order growth in Ireland’s construction industry reached a six-month high in January amid growing confidence among clients regarding economic conditions. more »

Rising costs raise prospect of further corporate failures

13 Feb 2018: The construction industry looks to be in for a difficult 2018, following stagnation in 2017 and then the collapse of Carillion in the new year. more »

Construction suffers three quarters of decline

12 Feb 2018: The construction industry in Great Britain has now had three consecutive quarters of negative growth, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). more »

Aggregate sales indicate official data on construction output is wrong

8 Feb 2018: Producers of construction mineral products saw no growth in sales in Great Britain in 2017. more »

Brexit and Carillion drag on industry forecasts

5 Feb 2018: There are contrasting forecasts on the future of the construction industry published today, with the Construction Products Association predicting no growth in 2018 but the Construction Industry Training Board looking further ahead a little more positively. more »

Construction growth stagnates in January

2 Feb 2018: The UK construction industry appears to be heading into reverse, but there is a degree of optimism that it won’t be for long. more »

Civils contractors report first downturn since 2013

1 Feb 2018: Civil engineering contractors report that a slump in workloads on the UK’s railways has dragged the infrastructure sector into its first quarterly decline in five years. more »

Global merger activity in construction picks up

25 Jan 2018: PwC’s analysis of mergers and acquisitions during 2017 shows that the worldwide engineering and construction industry is continuing to consolidate on the basis of a strong global economy and housing market. more »

UK new home registrations up 6% in 2017

25 Jan 2018: More than 160,000 new homes were registered to be built in the UK last year, an increase of 6% on 2016, according to latest statistics from the National House Building Council (NHBC). more »

Skills shortages reach record high

23 Jan 2018: Construction workers losing their jobs in the wake of Carillion’s collapse should not be out of work for long as there is new evidence today of skills shortages in the industry reaching an all-time high. more »

Ireland’s construction industry up 18%

22 Jan 2018: Ireland’s construction output grew 18% last year and continued growth is expected in 2018, according to a study by Aecom. more »

European construction output up

19 Jan 2018: Production in Europe’s construction sector was up by 0.6% in November 2017 compared to October. more »

Growth quickens in Irish construction

16 Jan 2018: The growth of Irish construction activity increased at a faster pace during December to reach a six-month high. more »

Construction output slows

11 Jan 2018: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show that construction output in November rose by 0.4% on October and on the previous year, but quarterly output was down. more »

Building products sector braced for slowdown

9 Jan 2018: Sales of construction products slowed in the fourth quarter of 2017 and a further slowdown is expected in 2018. more »

Expansion slows in Australian construction

8 Jan 2018: The pace of expansion in Australia’s construction sector slowed at the end of 2017. more »

US contractors plan to take on more staff

4 Jan 2018: A new survey has found that 75% of US construction firms plan to expand their headcount this year. more »

New year starts with modest growth

3 Jan 2018: Construction new order growth reached a seven-month high in December on the back of house-building but not all sectors saw the benefit. more »

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