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12May94 UK: COSTAIN DIFFICULTIES - OVERALL CONDITIONS.

Costain finds overall conditions remain 'extremely difficult' both in the UK and overseas, chairman Sir Christopher Benson told the company's agm this week.The firm's US coal operations had suffered bad weather in the first quarter of this year and political factors had made it more difficult to win work in Malaysia and Hong Kong. But the group had sold its remaining Australian commercial properties and cash-flow improved. CONSTRUCTION NEWS

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