Infrastructure orders in the three months to August fell 31 per cent compared to the previous three months but rose by 42 per cent against the same quarter a year earlier. Overall, in a 12 month comparison, orders increased by 31 per cent.
Private housing orders rose 7 per cent against the previous three months and by 16 per cent on the same quarter a year ago. Orders rose 10 per cent during the year against last year.
Public housing work rose 1 per cent in the three months against the previous quarter and increased 5 per cent on the same period last year. In a year-on-year comparison, new orders increased by 4 per cent.
Public non-housing work rose 32 per cent against the previous quarter and by 20 per cent compared to last year. New orders rose 5 per cent in 2005 against 2004.