"LATEST figures from the Quarry Products Association on UK construction material trends reveal that sales of aggregates and added-value products fell significantly in the fourth quarter of 2000, compared with the same period of 1999."
"Fourth-quarter sales volumes of crushed rock fell by 6%, sand and gravel by 7%, asphalt by 6% and ready-mixed concrete by 7%."
"The net result for the whole of 2000 was a 3% reduction in crushed rock sales, no change in sand and gravel, and a 2% reduction in both asphalt and ready-mixed concrete sales."
The damaging impact of the adverse autumn weather on construction activity was said to be the principal reason for declining aggregates volumes towards the year end.
"However, given the continuing strength of the economy and higher government investment plans which should take effect later this year, the QPA says some modest growth in aggregates markets is anticipated this year."