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Orders for new construction leapt 12 per cent in the last quarter of 1993 fuelling hopes of a sustained recovery.Government figures showed that contractors won a third more new work in the final quarter of last year compared with 1992.All sectors improved markedly, but a big boost came from a sharp increase in infrastructure spending.The rise was welcomed, but Joanne Cutler, economist for the Building Employers Confederation, sounded a note of caution: 'The underlying trend is upward ...

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