Activity in construction sector falls for seventh month in a row

The news was described as “clearly concerning, and somewhat surprising” by BNP Paribas Real Estate Ireland

There has been a sustained decline in housing activity. Picture: Photocall Ireland

Activity in Ireland’s construction sector declined for the seventh month running in April, according to the latest Construction Purchasing Managers Index (PMI).

The sector continued to struggle last month amid a sharper contraction in activity and slower rises in new orders, employment and input buying, according to the report from BNP Paribas Real Estate Ireland.

The latest data highlighted a sustained decline in housing activity that was stronger than seen in the previous survey period.