Construction down seven per cent

The ONS has released seasonally adjusted estimates of construction output showing a seven per cent decline in output in February from the same month last year (release).

Comparing the three months from December 2012 to February 2013 with the same three months one year earlier, the volume of construction output decreased by 8.9%. New work was lower by 10.7% with large falls in public other new work and private-commercial other new work, which reported decreases of 23.7% and 9.8% respectively. Other new work excludes the housing and infrastructure sectors but includes construction such as factories, warehouses, schools and offices etc. There was also a 5.6% decrease in repair and maintenance, mainly due to a 8.3% fall in the repair and maintenance of housing.