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Private sector lifts West Midlands construction market

Signs of recovery exist in the West Midlands' construction industry, a report has suggested.

A Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors survey said rising workloads in the private commercial and housing sectors led the market to improve.

Construction workloads in the first three months of the year improved compared to the end of 2010.

More surveyors were expecting a fall, rather than a rise, in profits over the coming year.

But more expected employment levels to go up, rather than drop, in future.

RICS West Midlands spokesperson and director at Wakemans, Adrian Aston, said: "With ongoing public spending cuts, the construction industry is still likely to face significant challenges over the next twelve to eighteen months.

"But our latest results do provide a chink of light that things are beginning to get better."

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