LONDON, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- British construction output in August registered its strongest expansion for almost six years encouraged by the recovery in the British economy, a report issued Tuesday showed.
The joint Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) construction purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 59.1 points in August, higher than 57 in July.
A PMI reading of 50 points or greater indicates expansion, while below 50 indicates contraction.
The report attributed the sharp rise in total output of construction to the booming residential construction, which remained the strongest performing sub-sector, and sharp improvement in new business.
August data also highlighted a steep acceleration in the rate of civil engineering activity growth, the strongest since September 2007. Meanwhile, commercial construction activity increased at the highest pace since May 2012.
"A new dawn is breaking in construction leaving the dark days of recession behind," said David Noble, chief executive officer at CIPS.
The survey also found that construction companies had remained confident about the year-ahead outlook for business activity, with around 46 percent of the survey respondents expecting a rise and only 10 percent a reduction.
Construction companies mostly linked their confidence to improvements in the wider economy and increases in clients' willingness to spend.