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    Market review: Falling forecasts

    2018-01-31T06:30:00Z

    Declines in productivity and real wages, along with the uncertainty around Brexit, are driving down growth forecasts. But only one economic sector actually shrank in Q3 2017 - construction

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    Market review: Infrastructure steps up

    2018-01-05T07:00:00Z

    The Budget delivered more cash for infrastructure – which accounted for the biggest share of new contracts in November – but forecasts were downgraded

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    Market review: Portents of decline

    2017-11-30T07:00:00Z

    Its second consecutive quarter of falling output puts the construction sector technically into recession – while the rest of the economy is growing slowly

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    Cladding sector: Think you've got it covered?

    2017-11-24T07:00:00Z

    Several cladding firms may have fallen in recent years, but the collapse of Lakesmere this month came as a shock. If this can happen to the biggest firm in the sector – one seemingly in robust health – how worried should the others be?

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    Market review: On the rails

    2017-10-24T05:00:00Z

    In construction, activity is holding up, partly thanks to a big boost from HS2 contract awards in September

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    Birmingham-Manchester corridor: our trends in the North

    2017-10-05T06:00:00Z

    As work on HS2 gathers pace, one regional venture aims to capitalise on the potential to build in the Birmingham-Manchester corridor

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    Market review: Subdued growth

    2017-09-25T14:57:00Z

    Construction output continues to dip against a background of rising inflation and slowing wider economic growth

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    Market review: Looking downwards

    2017-08-31T12:18:00Z

    Construction activity has declined during the second quarter, despite overall UK growth, and contract values are decreasing

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    DUP: Done deal?

    2017-08-03T10:06:00Z

    With the Conservatives and DUP agreeing increased funding for the region, and a sizeable chunk of it going to infrastructure projects, Northern Ireland looked to be the big winner from June’s election. But does ongoing political turmoil put much of this construction work at risk?

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    Market review: Picking up

    2017-07-26T15:18:00Z

    Despite mixed messages it looks likely that growth in the UK economy will pick up in the second quarter. Michael Dall discusses the highlights of Barbour ABI’s monthly Economic Construction Market Review