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Construction of houses increased last month but industry is still suffering

Pandemic continues to affect building sector, survey shows

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Construction of homes remains nowhere close to satisfying demand.

Construction of homes remains nowhere close to satisfying demand.

Construction of homes remains nowhere close to satisfying demand.

Housing construction surged back into expansion mode last month – the first time since July that it’s been growing.

It is also the fastest rate of expansion since May 2019.

But the latest Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), published this morning, shows that the pandemic is continuing to hit the overall construction industry, resulting in higher input prices, disruption to supply chains and shortages, all of which saw the sector contract again last month.


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