The UK’s construction sector grew for a second month in June, boosted by a rise in house building and supporting expectations that economic growth accelerated in the second quarter.
Growth in output and new orders pushed the Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) to 51 from 50.8 in May, where anything above 50 indicates expansion. It was the highest level since May 2012.
Companies reported rising levels of client demand and larger volumes of new work.
Economists said the positive data raised the chances of stronger second-quarter growth than the 0.3% in the first three months of the year.
The positive news will be welcomed by the Bank of England’s new governor, Mark Carney, who will oversee his first monetary policy committee decision on Thursday.
via The Guardian