UK new construction orders: December 2007

Orders in 2007 rose by one per cent compared with 2006, and orders in the fourth quarter of 2007 rose by two per cent compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

BSS Group stay positive

Plumbing supplies distributor BSS Group has shrugged off the slowdown in the housing and construction markets and says that it is currently trading in line with expectations.

Quintain Estates stays positive

Property developer Quintain Estates has reported decent progress during the third quarter and the start of 2008, despite the valuation problems affecting the commercial property market.

Mouchel on track

Consultant Mouchel remains on track to deliver performance in line with expectations for the full year and said its longer term outlook remains favourable.

Pochin's see downturn

Pochin’s. the Middlewich-based construction and property group, has recorded an 18% fall in first-half net profit after the slowdown in the property market delayed the completion of some property disposals.

Severfield-Rowen cautious about 2008

Structural steel company Severfield-Rowen today announced pre-tax profits of £42m for 2007. However, the firm was cautious about the coming year.

McAlpine shareholders back Carillion deal

The formal backing of Alfred McAlpine shareholders to the takeover by Carillion has been given at an EGM yesterday. This follows the vote of Carillion shareholders to accept the deal.

Hyder Consulting still confident

Hyder Consulting has issued a trading statement for the last quarter of 2007, and says that trading during the period has been in line with expectations.

RSK buys construction consultant

RSK Group today said it has bought building envelope consultancy and testing company, Building Sciences. Its clients include British Land, Asda, HBG Construction and Bovis Lend Lease.

Eon buys CHN Group

Eon one of the UK's leading power companies, has today announced it has bought West Midlands-based heating services company CHN Group in a multi-million pound deal.

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