No construction growth for years

● Construction sector output is expected to fall by almost three per cent this year, according to forecasts out yesterday from the Construction Products Association. The trade body blames falling government spending for the decline, and does not expect the sector’s output to rise until stronger private sector demand drives growth in 2014. “Public sector spending cuts are now beginning to bite and with the exception of a steady recovery in the private housing market, the private sector is pretty subdued,” said the Association’s Michael Ankers.