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New construction orders in August fall 4pc

New construction orders for the three months to the end of August 2009 totalled £8.1 billion, down 4 per cent on the previous three months £8.4 billion.

Orders in August totalled £2.6 billion compared with £3.1 billion in July largely due to a £300 million fall in infrastructure orders.

But there was a small cause for optimism in the private commercial sector which saw orders of £512 million, up £75 million on July.

Orders in the 12 months to August 2009 fell by 23 per cent compared with the previous 12 months and orders in the three months to August 2009 fell by 9 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.

In the three months to August 2009, compared with the same period a year earlier, private housing orders fell by 22 per cent but public and housing association housing orders rose by 9 per cent.