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Green construction "key to growth"

The global construction industry is more confident about revenue growth in 2013/14 than in 2012, with demand for sustainable construction likely to be a key growth driver, according to a new forecast report from Timetric.

Within the global construction industry, 53 per cent of respondents are more optimistic about revenue growth expectations over the next 12 months, compared with the previous 12 months, while 24 per cent are less optimistic. And 22 per cent expect no change in revenue growth.

Executives from the global construction industry also expect to see increased levels of consolidation, with 50 per cent anticipating an increase in mergers and acquisition activity in 2014. Slow recovery in the global economy and weak market conditions, a growing desire for large construction companies to increase their global presence, and increased pressure of rising costs on small and medium-sized construction companies are considered the key drivers for mergers and acquisitions.

The forecast report identifies India, Brazil, the UAE, China and Saudi Arabia as promising emerging markets for 2014. India particularly has been identified as a key emerging market in the global construction industry due to growth in infrastructure development in housing, roads, ports, aviation infrastructure and power generation.

The US, Canada, Singapore, Australia and the UK were also identified as primary growth markets, whereas France, Italy and Spain are expected a lower growth potential.

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