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Overall civils activity up over the summer

Civil engineering workloads grew in August, according to a poll of firms in the industry.

The Purchasing Managers Index – produced by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in conjunction with Markit – found a mild increase in civils activity last month.

While 15% of those polled saw a drop in activity from July, 22% saw a rise, giving an overall positive balance of 7%. The remainder reported no change.

August saw the weakest rise since May but the results suggested the sector grew over all three summer months.

Separate data from economics unit Glenigan today showed that infrastructure project starts were down by more than a quarter this summer. The two surveys measure subtly different aspects of the industry.


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