May’s mixed feelings

By Joe Malone16 June 2017

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The outlook for the European construction industry rose marginally in May, continuing at a high level so far this year.

However, on a month-by-month basis, a balance figure of +12.6% of survey respondents said activity levels in May were higher than in April. This compares to April’s +35.4%, which was the second highest balance figure seen this year.

The balance figure is the percentage of positive responses minus the percentage of negative responses.

Respondents continued to hold a strong outlook on the future, though, with a balance of +40.2% saying they expected activity to be higher in a year’s time than now. This was up from +37.5% recorded last month.

A balance of +41.4% of survey respondents said activity levels in April were better than a year previously. This compared to a higher balance last month of +41.7%.

The CE Climate figure was down on last month at +31.4%, compared with the +38.2% seen in April.

Despite current business dropping in May, the future outlook for the European construction industry rose once more.

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