This bulletin shows new orders in the construction industry for the fourth quarter of 2012. Figures are in constant (2005) prices and are seasonally adjusted. The publication focuses on the latest quarterly figures and includes revisions to earlier periods in line with our revisions policy.
The information in this release relates to contracts for new construction work awarded to main contractors by clients in both the public and private sectors. Also included is speculative work, undertaken on the initiative of the firm, where no contract or order is awarded. The value of this work is recorded in the period when foundations works are started. This series cannot be used to directly predict future output in the construction sector, though it can provide an indication of trends in the construction and allied trades industry.
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The estimated total level of new orders for Q4 2012 increased by 11.2 per cent compared with Q4 2011.
|Public housing||Private housing||Infrastructure||Public non-housing||Private industrial||Private commercial||All new work|
R= Revised since 2012 Q3 publication released on 7 December 2012
The estimated volume of orders for private new housing in the fourth quarter of 2012 rose by 10.3 per cent (£230 million) compared with the third quarter of 2012 and increased 10.0 per cent (£220 million) compared with the same period a year earlier. The third quarter estimates includes a positive revision of £260 million compared with provisional estimates published in quarter three.
The estimated volume of public new housing orders in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 9.0 per cent (£60 million) compared with the previous quarter and by 46.5 per cent (£220 million) compared with the same period a year earlier.
The estimated volume of infrastructure new orders saw the only fall in the published sectors, falling by 15.4 per cent (£420 million) compared with quarter three.
The estimated volume of public non-housing (excluding infrastructure) in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 9.0 per cent (£170 million) compared with the third quarter. New orders in this sector rose by 24.8 per cent (£410 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the same period a year earlier.
The estimated volume of private industrial orders in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 9.6 per cent (£60 million) compared with the previous quarter and by 52.7 per cent (£250 million) compared with the same period a year earlier. It was the highest level of orders this sector has seen since the fourth quarter of 2009.
Private commercial orders in the fourth quarter of 2012 increased by 9.7 per cent (£270 million) compared with the third quarter and by 13.6 per cent (£360 million) when compared with the same period a year earlier. Estimates of private commercial orders in quarter three have been revised up £310 million compared with the estimates published at quarter three 2012.
In general, revisions will follow the standard revisions policy for new orders as explained in background note 2 and as shown in the table below:
|Source of revisions||Revision periods|
|New survey data||New quarter + revised previous quarter|
|Revised deflators from BIS||New quarter + revised previous 2 quarters|
|Seasonal factors||New quarter + revised previous 5 quarters|
|All new work published in this release||All new work estimates previously published||New work revisions|
Special Events Policy
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Changes to Construction Statistics
Statistical bulletins for new orders are produced quarterly. Publication dates in 2013 have been placed on the forward release calendar.
An article describing the improvements made to New Orders and Output in the construction industry was published in ONS’s Economic and Labour Market Review in March of 2010. See ‘Development of construction statistics’.
Standard revisions to the new orders series include late responses from respondents, revisions to the price indices used to deflate the current prices to constant (2005) prices and due to seasonal adjustment.
Relevance to users
The statistical bulletin brings together information on orders for new construction in Great Britain. It draws on data compiled from the Quarterly Survey of Contracts and New Orders, with businesses selected from the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR). The construction industry, which contributes to the overall estimate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by approximately 6.8%, covers Sections 41, 42 and 43 of the Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (excluding section 41.1 (property developers).
Deflation and seasonal adjustment
The headline data are given in constant 2005 prices, seasonally adjusted. Deflators adjust the value series to take out the effect of price changes to give the volume series. Deflation of output is carried out sectorally and a range of relevant tender price and output price indices are used.
Seasonal adjustment aids interpretation by removing annually recurring fluctuations, for example, due to climate, hours of daylight, holidays or other regular seasonal patterns. Unadjusted data are also available.
The user engagement section of the ONS website contains results of the survey held in April 2011 regarding users' satisfaction and use of the construction output and new orders surveys.
Copies of the survey questionnaire are also available on the ONS website.
Releases on construction output and employment prior to the transfer to ONS can be found on the BIS website.
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