However, despite the further strong growth, slower rises in new orders and employment again raised questions about the durability of the upturn.
The Markit/CIPS construction PMI rose to 64.2 in, up September from 64.0 in August, beating economists’ expectations for a slight fall and showing the strongest growth since the six-year peak of 64.6 recorded in January.
Construction PMI shows strongest growth in September since the six-year peak of 64.6 recorded in January
But growth in new orders and employment slowed to a four-month low as builders face sharply rising costs and bottlenecks in the supply of some materials, prompting the most cautious outlook from construction firms in more than a year.
Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit said: ‘Housing activity remains the brightest spot in the construction sector, but its outperformance has started to fade.’