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    Coronavirus worries dampen construction’s strongest month in over a year


    Activity grew in February for the first time since April 2019, according to IHS Markit/CIPS

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    An uphill road to recovery


    Despite welcome news that the UK construction sector is contracting at a slower pace, the industry is still struggling. August saw a reduction in the pace of deterioration. While reduced activity was again largely attributed to dampened demand for new orders, there are a number of issues challenging the ...

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    Could the torment almost be over?


    After 17 months of unrelenting torment, it looks like the UK construction sector is finally a step closer to recovery as the July CIPS/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index highlighted the slowest pace of decline since March last year ( see index ). This progress is largely on the back of an ...

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    Hopes of a recovery on shaky ground


    You’d be forgiven for thinking that the latest CIPS/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) would provide a better read than June’s figures. After seeing the rate of contraction ease consecutively for four months, the PMI took a turn for the worse fuelling speculation of a ‘w-shaped’ recession. Coming in with a ...