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Output 2pc up on third quarter '98

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CONSTRUCTION output during the third quarter of 1999 was 2 per cent up on the same period a year ago.

Latest figures from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions show output hit £14.3 billion between July and September.

The main contributors to the increase were infrastructure and public contracts, which enjoyed year-on-year rises of 6 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

New housing work in the public sector fell by 8 per cent, with a 1 per cent fall in private jobs.

Private commercial work rose by 5 per cent but repair and maintenance of housing fell.

Employment in the industry at the start of October stood at 1,403,000, compared with 1,418,000 three months earlier.

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