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Construction orders

Construction orders rose by 13% in the first quarter of the year. Compared with the previous quarter only public housing orders fell, according to government statistics.

Infrastructure orders were up 28% on the last quarter due to a number of large road contracts, but were up 26% on the same period last year.

Infrastructure orders over the year to March were up 15% on the previous year. Meanwhile the Construction Confederation said that figures for construction output grew rapidly in the first quarter of 2001 with contractors optimistic about tender success and margins. However the skills shortage is becoming more critical, the Confederation added.

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