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The UK construction market has stabilised - workload has fallen to 530 from 330 during the recession. Its operating loss was reduced by 77 per cent to £133,000.Borrowings were cut by £200,000, although they remain high at more than £2 million, leaving the group's gearing above 200 per cent.Overseas, Bucknall produced a profit of £16,000 and the position at its troubled French operation has now stabilised. Its Paris staff has been reduced from 21 to around six.But the firm remains optimistic on its operations in Germany, Hong Kong and the Middle East. CONSTRUCTION NEWS