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Civils sector grows for third successive quarter

Infrastructure workloads have risen for a third successive month, according to a leading suppliers body.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and Markit’s Civil Engineering Activity Index registered 55.7 for September, where anything above 50 represents growth from the previous month.

Although the pace of growth slowed slightly from August’s five-year high, civils workloads have been rising since July.

A quarter of firms surveyed said civils activity had risen in the past month, with just 15% reporting falling activity.

The Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index - covering all construction activity - posted 58.9 for September marking a fifth consecutive month of growth.

“Construction is no longer the weakest link in the UK economy,” said report author and Markit senior economist Tim Moore.

“The third quarter of 2013 ended with output growth riding high amid greater spending on infrastructure projects and resurgent house building activity.

“The reversal in fortunes has spanned commercial, residential and public sector construction projects.”

Construction job creation is at its fastest in almost six years, according to the report.

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