The UK construction industry saw a “steep rebound” in output during June as more building sites reopened due to the coronavirus lockdown easing.
The closely followed IHS Markit/CIPS construction purchasing managers’ index (PMI) had a reading of 55.3 last month, from 28.9 in May.
Analysts had forecast a reading of 46 for the month.
Any reading above 50 represents an increase in activity.
Tim Moore, economics director at IHS Markit, said: “June’s survey data revealed a steep rebound in UK construction output as more sites began to reopen and the supply chain kicked into gear.
“House building led the way with the fastest rise in activity for nearly five years, while commercial and civil engineering also joined in the recovery from the low point seen in April.
“As the first major part of the UK economy to begin a phased return to work, the strong rebound in construction activity provides