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PMI reports increase in construction activity

The September construction PMI (purchasing managers’ index) shows house-building activity grew at its fastest rate since 2000.

The PMI report – a seasonally adjusted index designed to track changes in total construction activity – posted 61.5 in September, broadly unchanged from the reading of 61.4 in August and thereby signalling a further strong rise in activity at Irish construction firms.

New business and employment both rose at sharper rates than in August. Commercial construction also rose at a sharp pace, although growth was at a slightly slower rate than in August. The commercial index read 62.7 in September, below the previous month’s figure of 63.2.

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