Construction companies reported positive expectations for the first time since September 2019

 on the back of a seasonal rebound in activity and rising investment demand for housing construction. The sector’s index finally moved above its equilibrium level in April, to 51.5, up from 40.6 in March. Respondents expected an increase in construction volumes, the number of new orders, purchases of contractor services, and purchases of raw materials and supplies. Companies across all sectors expect a rise in selling prices on the back of higher raw material and supplies prices. They also report