In Insider today:
Scotland was the only UK nation to see growth among builders accelerate in the last three months, with an increase in both workloads and enquiries, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland. The trade association’s State of Trade Survey for the second quarter of 2019, which assesses the SME construction sector, found that in Scotland in terms of the overall score for workloads, expected workloads and enquiries, had an increase of 23 percentage points compared to the previous quarter.
The above report does not mention the part played in this by Scottish government funding of new public housing, though a previous one (22nd July) did:
Growth in Scotland’s construction sector has accelerated as businesses become “fed-up” waiting for Brexit, according to new figures. The Q2 2019 RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey also shows workload and employment expectations are gathering pace for the year ahead. Workloads in public housing grew at the fastest pace, with a net balance of 52% more respondents reporting an increase in activity – up from -30% in Q1. This was closely followed by growth in private housing workloads.
This contrasts with decline in the UK. From Insider on 2nd July:
The UK’s construction output has plummeted at its steepest rate since 2009, as Brexit uncertainty and weaker demand hit all major areas of the industry. The Markit/CIPS UK Construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) recorded a reading of 43.1 for June, down from 48.6 in May.
Earlier reports of health in Scottish economy: