UK construction output plunges in April

Suzie Neuwirth

UK CONSTRUCTION output fell 6.5 per cent in April from March, raising fears that the country's economic recovery is not back on track.

Official data today showed that the total volume of construction output for the three months from February to April had decreased by 4.7 per cent year-on-year.

Overall repair & maintenance decreased by 9.7 per cent, mainly due to large falls in infrastructure and public housing repair & maintenance, which fell 21.6 per cent and 18.5 per cent respectively, compared to March.