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New orders up 4pc

New construction orders rose 4 per cent in the year to August 2005 compared to the previous 12 months, figures out today from the Department of Trade and Industry show.
Orders in the three months to August increased by 5 per cent compared to the same quarter a year earlier, but fell 6 per cent against the previous three months due to a drop in infrastructure and private commercial orders offsetting increases in other sectors.

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 commercial orders fell 22 per cent in the three months to August against the previous period and by 20 per cent against the same quarter in 2004. Orders fell 7 per cent in the year to August compared to 2004.

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.

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