Australian construction continues to expand

Australian construction continues to expand
The Australian construction industry expanded for the ninth consecutive month although there are signs of a slowdown.

The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index eased slightly by 1.5 points to 53.2 in October.

Still, any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

Engineering construction was the strongest performing area of construction activity, reaching a 10-year high on the back of rising levels of non-mining infrastructure work.

House building recorded growth, albeit at a slower pace, indicating continued demand.

Commercial construction remained stable.

But apartment building remained in negative territory, although the rate of decline moderated from the previous month’s downturn.

Ai Group Head of Policy, Peter Burn, said the lift in new orders pointed to overall growth in the months ahead but conditions were moderating.

“The outlook for the apartment sub-sector is for a continuation of the orderly retreat from historically high levels that has been evident over the course of 2017,” Dr Burn said.

“There may still be plenty of cranes visible on new apartment sites but there are now many less than was the case a year ago.”


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