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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 »

UK construction’s small businesses now number more than a million

3 Jan 2018: The number of small businesses operating in the construction sector across the UK has increased by 32,000 in the last year, meaning there are now more than one million of them. more »

European construction output slips

20 Dec 2017: Output in Europe’s construction sector fell in October in both the Eurozone and across the wider EU though was up 2% compared to 2016. more »

November new orders 'hit two-year high'

15 Dec 2017: The value of construction new orders reached £7.4bn in November 2017 of, according to data-gatherer Barbour ABI. more »

Expansion in Irish construction hits five-month high

12 Dec 2017: Activity in Ireland’s construction sector has expanded at its fastest pace in five months. more »

Builders’ merchants' sales hold firm

11 Dec 2017: Builders’ merchants saw the value of their sales rise 10% year-on-year in October 2017, aided by having an additional trading day this time. more »

Output falls again

11 Dec 2017: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show that construction output is continuing to shrink but new orders for the third quarter reached a record high. more »

Australian construction continues to expand

7 Dec 2017: Momentum built in the Australian construction industry in November with the 10th consecutive month of expansion. more »

Building site census reveals full extent of reliance on migrant labour

5 Dec 2017: One in five people working on house-building sites in England is a foreign national, a survey by the Home Builders Federation reveals. more »

Construction output makes modest rebound

4 Dec 2017: Construction output appears to have rebounded slightly in November, with business activity rising at its strongest rate since June. more »

Strong third quarter sales for builders merchants

23 Nov 2017: The latest Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) shows that builders merchants’ sales performed strongly in the third quarter of 2017. more »

European construction output rises – but not in the UK

19 Nov 2017: Output in Europe’s construction sector was 2.6% higher in September 2017 than in the same month last year, though the UK reported a fall of 1.4%. more »

Housing supply hits 10-year high

17 Nov 2017: Latest government figures show that 183,570 new homes were built in England in the year to 31st March 2017. more »

Growth in Irish construction slows

14 Nov 2017: Construction activity in Ireland continues to rise but the pace is the weakest in 31 months. more »

Construction endures two consecutive quarters of decline

13 Nov 2017: Latest numbers from the Office for National Statistics show that construction output shrank by 0.9% in the third quarter of 2017. more »

Australian construction continues to expand

10 Nov 2017: October saw Australia’s construction industry expand for a ninth consecutive month, though the pace of growth slowed. more »

Construction continues to grow but contractors' profits seep away

8 Nov 2017: With costs going up but tender prices static, contractors’ profit margins are in decline once again more »

Construction growth returns but optimism fades

2 Nov 2017: The latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers indicates an industry managing to tread water but feeling distinctly uncertain about the horizon in view. more »

NHBC numbers up 5.5% in Q3

26 Oct 2017: New home registrations with the National House-Building Council were up 5.5% in the UK in the third quarter of 2017, compared with the same period of 2016. more »

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