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Construction hit its fastest level of growth in six years, according to the latest survey of the building sector.

Building firms braced for bleak winter

Construction firms were braced today for a bleak winter after figures showed subdued levels of activity and a nine-month low for growth in new orders.

Lenders call for mortgage rules rethink as market misfires

Mortgage lenders begged ministers to intervene to prevent the financial watchdog pushing ahead with its crackdown on irresponsible lending, as Persimmon became the latest housebuilder to warn that the property market was in a fragile state.

OFT inquiry into gravel suppliers

The Office of Fair Trading will investigate the aggregates industry to assess whether the taxpayer is getting a fair deal from suppliers of sand, gravel and broken rocks to road and house-builders.

'Grim' outlook for building industry as orders fall

Britain's building industry was facing a bleak future today after construction orders suffered a dramatic 14% fall between April and June.

Bovis builds a brighter outlook

Bovis Homes put aside two years of weakness in the housing market yesterday, reporting a first-half profit and sounding a note of optimism for the rest of the year.

UK 'value' falls by £94 billion

The total value of the UK fell for the second year in a row during 2009, official figures showed today.

Firm launches first corporate ISA for staff

Housebuilder Barratt today launched the UK's first company ISA for its staff.

Minor British Institutions: The Kitemark

We all take the British Standards Institution's Kitemark for granted, but it was a revolutionary development. The idea of appending an unmistakable brand of quality assurance to goods and services dates back to 1903, when the clever rearrangement of the letters BSM – British Standard Mark – was devised, a small landmark in the development of a modern industrial society.

Construction sector grows for first time in two years

Britain's embattled construction industry grew for the first time since February 2008 last month as the sector ended two years of "relentless contraction", according to a report today.

Amos checks Lie of the land

Scottish stable emerges from freeze-up with plan to take measure of Big Buck's

Housebuilders say sales are improving

Britain's housing market has put its worst days behind it but continues to be dogged by uncertainty, two leading housebuilders agreed yesterday.

The pain is not yet over for Britain's builders

It has suffered grievously from the collapse of the housing boom and the recession more generally, but the pain for Britain's building trade is seemingly not over yet: employment in construction declined for its 18th consecutive month.

Climate change survey says 83% willing to make sacrifices

More than 80 per cent of people believe climate change is a serious threat and are willing to make sacrifices to combat it, a survey by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) showed today.

Brown to get tough on student visas and foreign skilled workers

Portrayal of immigration concerns as racist is 'lazy elitism', says Prime Minister

America rules out 'two-speed' internet

Web providers warned not to charge heavy users of bandwidth
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