Ireland: CRH has reported in a trading update that its overall sales rose by 9% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016. By region it saw a 22% increase in the Americas, a 12% increase in Asia and no increase in Europe. No specific figures were released in the statement issued ahead of the company annual general meeting.
The Ireland-based construction materials producer’s Europe Heavyside division noted that cement sales volumes grew in the UK and Finland. Cement sales volumes were ‘broadly in line with 2015’ in Poland. In the Philippines CRH reported that cement demand was supported by strong foreign direct investment in the business process outsourcing sector, overseas workers' remittances and increasing government infrastructure spending.
CRH expects demand for its products to grow in the US and the Philippines in its outlook for the second half of 2016. In the US funding for infrastructure is expected to increase moderately with improving state finances and the passing in 2015 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. It also expects residential and non-residential construction to grow.