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29Oct92 UK: ORDERS CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND - CONTRACTORS' NEW ORDERS DOWN 10% IN THREE MONTHS TO AUGUST.

New orders won by contractors dropped 10 per cent in the three months to August, compared with the same period a year ago, despite rising 5 per cent on the previous three months.The latest government figures show that the hardest hit sector continues to be commercial building, running at 25 per cent below a year ago.They also show a decline in government spending on roads. In the three months to August, road orders won by contractors were more than a third down in cash terms than a ...

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