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What trends are impacting home improvement activity in Great Britain?

Home Improvements of Great Britain 2019

Home improvement figures across Great Britain decreased in 2018 with the number of planning applications dropping by 2.8%. What drives households to spend on home improvement will vary over time, place to place, household to household. Many factors will influence decisions. Exploring these various factors reveals how the pattern of which households are most likely … Read more

Residential sector looking positive with an upturn in contracts awarded

Residential Sector Housebuilding

The residential construction sector had a particularly positive February with £1.7 billion contracts awarded, which is an increase of 13.1% compared to January. Residential unit numbers also increased – up by 5.4% on January at 9,850 units.  Following the residential sector in terms of contracts awarded was infrastructure with a 13.9% share and education with … Read more

Infrastructure grows in January

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We continue to see that the infrastructure sector remains open to considerable volatility in monthly contract award values.  However, looking at the trend over the last two years, the sector remains relatively robust with contract awards consistently above the £500 million threshold. The latest edition of our Economic & Construction Market Review is now available … Read more

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