Activity in the construction sector grew at the fastest rate in nine months in December, according to the latest UK construction PMI
The latest UK construction PMI has revealed the industry saw growth at the end of last year.
However, the sector also saw a rise in costs. Weakness of the sterling drove the biggest increase in costs in over five years. This was further exacerbated as shortages of material were reported, with many firms stocking up to beat further price increases in the future. With Brexit firmly pencilled into the diary it is apparent knocks to the sterling could further worsen the construction materials sector in the future.
Survey author Tim Moore wrote: “UK construction companies noted that the weaker sterling exchange rate had resulted in higher costs for a wide range of imported materials.”
Housebuilding saw growth in December, increasing at the fastest rate since January, while civil engineering saw its biggest improvement in nearly two years.
However, demand for commercial projects such as factories and shops remained low. Moore said this reflected “an ongoing drag from subdued investment spending and heightened economic uncertainty.”