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19May94 UK: NEW WORK UP 10 PC - CONSTRUCTION.

Construction's rise out of recession continues with orders for new work in the first quarter of this year up 10 per cent on the same period a year ago.Seasonally adjusted orders for the quarter were down 5 per cent on the final quarter of 1993.But this was due to an exceptional rise at the end of last year as the Jubilee Line and a surge of new private housing orders boosted the figures by 14 per cent.The latest figures support the growing confidence in private housing, but reveal the effects of lower spending on public house building. But overall, house builders face a rosier future than they have done for some while.Infrastructure orders in the first quarter remained buoyant and about average for the past two years, which has been a very good period.But this figure may be deceptive, distorted by an exceptional amount of road work let.Orders for other new public work held fairly steady, as did private industrial orders. And the commercial sector continued its climb out of its recession. CONSTRUCTION NEWS

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