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Restructuring costs pushed Taylor Woodrow's construction division into loss during the first half of 2000. Operating losses from construction were £600,000, compared to a first half profit of £2.4M during the first half of 1999. Construction turnover fell from £295M to £204.5M.

Costain's strategy of selective tendering and focusing on the UK helped boost first half pre-tax profits from £200,000 in 1999 to £2.1M this year.

Turnover fell from £197.3M to £194.6M.

WSP's half year profits have risen 31% to £4.32M on a turnover of £57.21M.

Amec's interim pre-tax profits have risen 18% to £32.4M. Margins have risen to 1.1% compared to 0.7% in 1999. The group has reported a record order book of £5bn.

Interim operating profit at Mowlem is up 46% to £8.9M.

Turnover increased from £653M to £664M. Order book has increased to £1.3bn.

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