UK construction declines in January

Following bad PMI data for construction earlier this week, ONS figures released today have shown a decline in UK construction in January:

  • The non-seasonally adjusted volume of construction output decreased by 10.2%. New work decreased by 12.7% and repair and maintenance by 5.3%.
  • The largest contributor to the decline in output was the private commercial sector which fell by 14.5%. This is the largest sector, contributing approximately 22% to total output.
  • The volume of infrastructure work decreased by 8.9%, continuing the decline seen in the last two months.
  • New public non–housing decreased by 23.5%.
  • Public housing decreased by 20.4%. This sector is relatively small, contributing approximately 3% to total construction output.

(Office for National Statistics)