UK construction sector unexpectedly grew at the weakest pace in six months in September, as all three sub-sectors lost momentum, survey data from IHS Markit showed on Tuesday.
The IHS Markit/CIPS UK construction purchasing managers’ index fell to 52.1 from 52.9 in August. In contrast, economists had expected the index to rise to 53.1.
A PMI reading above 50 suggests growth in activity.
Civil engineering was the worst performing sub-sector. Activity growth slowed in house building and commercial construction.
New work and employment grew robustly, while business optimism was at the second-lowest level since February 2013.