CIPS director of professional practice Rob Ayliffe said that the monthly growth of construction order books remained strong. But he added: "The gap between the growth of activity and the growth of new orders suggests there have been delays in getting new orders off the ground. Despite being faced with healthy order books, purchasing managers have been cautious in their procurement activity, thereby keeping the lid on rising prices."
Growth in orders was only slightly lower than April's four-month high. Although there was some growth in the commercial construction market, the sector is close to stagnation, according to the survey.