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ONS: R&M acts as a drag on construction sector in Q1

Revised data released today by the Office of National Statistics showed the construction sector fell by 1.1 per cent in Q1 2010, rather than the previously reported 1.6 per cent.

It also said the R&M sector has held back growth over the first three months of the year.

According to an update from the ONS today, the total volume of construction output in the first quarter of 2010 fell by 1.1 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2009.

All new work rose by 1.3 per cent while repair and maintenance fell by 4.9 per cent. The total volume of construction output in the first quarter of 2010 fell by 1.9 per cent compared to the same quarter in 2009.

Repair and maintenance was the main drag on the sector asn was 9.2 per cent lower, while all new work increased by 2.8 per cent.

The revision to the data shows that previous figures were out by 0.5 per cent. Just one week ago the ONS said the construction sector had fallen by 1.6 per cent in the first quarter, rather than the actual fall of 1.1 per cent.

The new data is said to be more accurate as it is taken from a survey of 8,000 firms per month, rather than the old method of surveying 12,000 firms each quarter.

The ONS needs three years worth of data in this format before it can start to publish seasonally adjusted figures.