Construction Trade Survey May 2019

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The first quarter of 2019 proved a mixed one for the construction supply chain. Increases in sales of products and materials for manufacturers contrasted with decreases in workloads and output reported by contractors, builders and civil engineers carrying out construction work on the ground. The weakness in construction activity was broad-based across sectors from housing to commercial and the public sector, whilst for civil engineers, the decreases in activity were reported in seven out of ten infrastructure sub-sectors, including railways, local roads and preliminary works. The results echo other industry surveys such as the Markit/CIPS PMI that showed falling activity in Q1.

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