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Construction output up 2 per cent in June and July

Construction output increased by 2.2 per cent in June and July this year, the first time it has increased in those months for three years.

According to the Office of National Statistics, in 2010 output fell by 2.3 per cent in the same two-month period in 2011 and declined by 1.4 per cent in 2010.

However, the new figures also show that total output in July is around 10 per cent lower than in July last year.

Meanwhile, the three months ending 31 July saw new work fall by 14.2 per cent and repair and maintenance work decline by 1.2 per cent.

New infrastructure work dropped by 23.9 per cent in the three-month period, while new public housing decreased by 22.4 per cent. Public work outside of housing and infrastructure fell by 21.5 per cent.

The sectors posting growth were infrastructure repair and maintenance, up 3.5 per cent; private industrial new work, which grew by 1.5 per cent; and private non-housing repair and maintenance, up by 0.7 per cent.

The ONS said the extended holiday over the Jubilee weekend and the Olympics may have affected the figures.

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