By Jonathan Davies

Growth in the UK's construction industry gained speed in February, a survey has shown.

The Markit/CIPS purchasing managers' index (PMI) increased to 60.1, its highest level since October. Any figure above 50 indicates growth and figures around 60 are considered strong growth.

The housing, commercial and civil engineering sectors all showed signs of improved growth.

On Monday, a similar survey showed that the UK's manufacturing sector reached a seven-month high.

The construction industry accounts for roughly 6% of the UK economy.

Tim Moore, Markit's senior economist, said: "The latest survey highlights renewed vitality within the UK construction sector, as output growth picked up further from the soft patch seen at the end of 2014.

"However, some construction companies noted that the uncertain general election outcome could prove a temporary bump in the road for new work."