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03Feb94 UK: BACMI SEES A PICK-UP IN AGGREGATES' FORTUNES.

The 231 million tonnes-a-year aggregates market is picking up in all areas except road surfacing.Aggregates industry body Bacmi said this week that materials sales fell overall by 2 million tonnes in 1993.But trends in the final quarter of last year point to overall improvements this year.Fourth quarter sales of ready-mixed concrete were 12 per cent up on the fourth quarter of 1992, crushed rock sales rose by 7 per cent and sand and gravel by 3 per cent.Roads surfacing materials sales fell by 4 per cent, reflecting a sluggish market as government spending on roads fell.Bacmi economist Jerry McLaughlin said: 'Things are certainly picking up in the private sector and the fourth quarter industry output figures from the Government should show an improvement when they appear.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS