The severity of the recession in the UK construction economy levelled out during April, according to the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
Roy Ayliffe, director CIPS, said: “Confidence in future sector performance improved. A number of purchasing managers also noted that previously postponed contracts were expected to recommence.”
The easing was predominantly centred on the civil engineering industry; although housing and commercial sub-sectors also experienced weaker falls in output.
However, overall activity levels remained well inside recessionary territory.
Ayliffe added: “The darkness that has been gathering across the UK construction economy over the past thirteen months lifted slightly in April but, against a backdrop of ongoing market uncertainty, fewer new orders and fierce competition, blue skies are still a fair way off.”