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Construction output slides as commercial and public sector takes a hit

Construction output fell by 1.1 per cent in April 2013 compared to the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics

The volume of output in the industry fell by 6.5 per cent over the month, and was worth £7.8bn.

New work saw a year on year fall of3.1 per cent, and stood at £5bn, while repairs and maintenance output grew by 2.4 per cent.

Year on year falls were registered in public sector output (excluding housing and infrastructure), private commercial work and infrastructure repairs and maintenance, with public sector output seeing the largest drop of 15.1 per cent to be worth £685m.

Over a rolling three month period to April 2013, construction output fell by 4.7 per cent compared to the previous year, with a drop in new work of 5.8 per cent. Within this period, private commercial fell by 8.8 per cent compared to 2012, and public sector work was down 17.3 per cent.

Looking at the value of output - measuring output according to today’s prices, there was a year on year growth of 1.3 per cent, and a monthly fall of 6.2 per cent. Repairs and maintenance remained the more steady category, rising by 4.5 per cent over the year, compared to a 0.6 per cent fall in new work.

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