Economy

Partial construction recovery expected to begin next year
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At the Global Market Conference, putting the timber sector in context with the rest of the construction industry was Allan Willen, Economics Director at Glenigan. "The UK economy, property markets and construction industry have all been buffeted by successive economic shocks resulting from Brexit, the pandemic, the war in Ukraine...
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Construction Trade Survey 2023 Q2
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Another Mixed Quarter for the Construction Supply Chain The CPA's latest Construction Trade Survey for 2023 Q2 showed a mixed view on activity across the construction supply chain. Here are some key findings from the latest survey: Output & Sales: A mixed quarter for product sales, workloads growth for SME...
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trade survey
Performance figures make encouraging reading for 2023, says latest CPA survey
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The Construction Products Association’s latest State of Trade Survey for 2023 Q2 showed a continued split in performance in the construction products manufacturing industry. Heavy side manufacturers’ sales decreased for a fourth consecutive quarter, whereas sales from light side producers registered another quarterly increase, adding to a run of growth...
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CPA survey
Performance figures make encouraging reading for 2023, says latest CPA survey
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Surveys from across the construction supply chain show a more encouraging performance in the first quarter of 2023 after an uncertain end to 2022, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey from the Construction Products Association (CPA).  However, the CPA notes this rise is from a low point and net...
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Softwood demand grows
Softwoods start 2023 on a high
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The softwood category started 2023 on a high, with volumes up 12% compared to January 2022, according to the latest Timber Development UK statistics. The latest softwood import figures suggest that normality may finally be returning to the market after a challenging few years, according to TDUK’s Head of Technical...
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CPA survey
Softwood imports see a strong start to 2023, says TDUK
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The softwood category started 2023 on a high, with volumes up 12% compared to January 2022, according to the latest Timber Development UK statistics. Softwood imports totalled 426,000m3 in January this year, with volume increases from Sweden, Finland and the Republic of Ireland largely responsible. Despite softwood increases, overall timber...
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CPA survey
More ‘regular’ timber import patterns seen in Q4 2022, says TDUK
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The gap between record 2021 volumes and low 2022 volumes began to close in November, with imports resembling more regular winter totals. The disparity in total volumes between 2021 and 2022 was just 14% in November, compared to 22% in October and 21% in September. The reduced disparity between 2021...
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