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Construction output falls by 1pc in Q4

Construction output fell by 1 per cent in the last three months of 2009 after having risen in the previous quarter by 2.5 per cent.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show construction output in Q4 2009 totalled £24.4 billion compared with £24.6 billion in Q3.

The fall back in output comes after Q3’s figures had shown a growth of nearly £600 million largely on the back of repair and maintenance work.

But the latest figures show repair and maintenance work dropped by 9 per cent in Q4 while all new work rose by 5 per cent led by an increase in housing output.

The total volume of construction output in the 12 months to the Q4 2009 fell by 11 per cent compared with the previous 12 month period.