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ONS recalls latest output figures after error

The Office for National Statistics has been forced to recall its latest construction output figures after questions were raised over accuracy.

The ONS originally released figures this morning suggesting that the construction industry had seen a 2.3 per cent rise in output

A spokesman for the ONS said:  “There was an arithmetical error in the final stages of preparation of the output in construction estimates published at 9.30am today (12 August 2011).

“ONS is recalculating the series and will reissue the statistical bulletin at 4.30pm today.

“The impact of the error is to overstate the published headline Q2/Q1 growth of 2.3 per cent. ONS apologises for any inconvenience caused.”

The latest figures show that overall output rose 2.3 per cent on quarter one, from £25.87billion to £26.47bn  This was 0.8 per cent up on 2010 Q2 (£26.25bn). They also showed that housing saw a 5.8 per cent jump on the second quarter of 2010, while public housing was also 4.2 per cent up on the last quarter and 5.8 per cent better than the same period in 2010.

Ongoing criticism of the way the ONS calculated industry figures led to the unusual step of the Government department holding a press briefing in June to “dispel the myths” about the ONS research process and look at similarities and differences to the various industry reports.

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