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Construction output falls again says ONS

Output in the construction sector fell by 0.2% per cent compared with the second quarter of 2011, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Satistics.

It was also 1.0% lower than the same quarter in 2010. However, repair maintenance and improvement work rose slightly, by 0.7% per cent compared with the second quarter, and by 0.9% compared with the same quarter in 2010.

The volume of new private housing work in the third quarter of 2011 was 2.5% per cent lower compared with the previous quarter, yet 0.7% higher compared with 2010.

New public housing work in the third quarter of 2011 was 8.2% lower than quarter 2 and 8.9% lower compared with the same quarter in 2010.

New infrastructure output in the third quarter of 2011 fell 0.3%, yet was 13.4% higher compared with the same quarter in 2010.

The volume of housing repair and maintenance work (including improvement work) in the public sector in the third quarter of 2011 was 2.2 per cent lower compared with the previous quarter and 6.5 per cent lower compared with the same period in 2010.

Housing repair and maintenance work in the private sector in the third quarter of 2011 was 0.7 per cent lower compared with the previous quarter and 6.4 per cent lower compared with the same period in 2010.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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