Britain’s construction sector stages recovery

  • A rise in house building activity and commercial work has helped drag Britain’s construction sector back from a seven-month low.
  • However, the report cautioned that the overall rate of expansion remained slightly weaker than seen on average over this period.
  • The survey noted that UK construction firms had ended 2015 with a “robust” level of overall business activity, adding that commercial building increased on the back of improving UK economic conditions, leading to new orders.
  • Housing activity also showed strong growth, picking up from a 29-month low in November.
  • IHS Global Insight economist Howard Archer said it was a “reassuring survey”.