The UK construction industry is bracing itself for a likely downturn in the coming months. Recently published PMI data for July shows a decline in construction output for a third month running and in orders for a fourth. Continuing political uncertainty and a subdued economy are contributing to a fall in demand and a general decline in confidence regarding the outlook for the next twelve months. Combined with rising costs and labour shortages, the outlook is somewhat gloomy at present. There is a real risk that a downturn could gather pace, particularly if the UK crashes out of the EU with a no-deal Brexit.