The pace of deals in the engineering and construction sector slowed substantially during the first-half 2009 compared with prior periods, according to the inaugural edition of the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report, Engineering growth: Second-quarter 2009 global engineering and construction mergers and acquisitions analysis. Total deals declined 67 percent to 42 in the first half of 2009 from 126 during first-half 2008.  Deal value for the first half of 2009 totaled $12 billion, a 64 percent decline from the first half of 2008 ($33 billion).   Read the full article written by Brandon Brunson at PriceWaterHouseCoopers.