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Construction activity shrinks again

Construction activity declined again in May after a brief period of growth, according to the Experian’s Construction Forecasting & Research.

According to the firm’s Leading Construction Activity Indicator, private non-residential work was particularly hard hit in the month, declining 14 points on the index.

The outlook for the coming months was also gloomy, with a positive balance of respondents to the survey of 800 organisations expecting work to decline for at least the next quarter.

Employment prospects remained typically subdued, with the index in negative territory for the 29th consecutive month.

There were some bright spots in the report, however, as 27 per cent of respondents reported that neither weak demand nor financial constraints were holding them back.