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Focus on the regions
A closer look at activity levels and order books in 11 regions around the UK reveals four hotspots that are having a ball, while the South-east is down in the dumps
 Activity levelOrder books
Northern Ireland364246152532
North England675761625763
North-west England466248524331
Yorkshire & Humberside675050485348
East Midlands544360545252
West Midlands646154403636
East Anglia455545355240
*An index measure of 50 indicates no change, a measure greater than 50 an increase and a measure less than 50 a decrease.