Leaders of large construction companies in Australia plan to milk improving market conditions to boost sales and seek out new markets for growth, a new survey suggests.

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) has released the results of its survey of 352 chief executive officers across the manufacturing, services, construction and mining services sectors, and while pessimism pervaded all sectors, the 41 leaders surveyed who operate within the construction sector were noticeably more sanguine, with half (50 per…