Stuart Deneen, Office for National Statistics
Business Indicators and Balance of Payments
Telephone: +44 (0) 1633 456344
Frequency of release: Monthly
Geographical coverage: GB
Geographical breakdown: Region
Survey name(s): Construction: Output & Employment
Construction output estimates are a short term indicator of construction output by private sector and public corporations within the UK. The estimates are produced and published at current prices (including inflationary price effects) and at constant prices (with inflationary effects removed) both quarterly seasonally adjusted and monthly non-seasonally adjusted. Constant prices are also referred to as volume terms. Construction output is used in the compilation of the production approach to measuring gross domestic product (GDP).
At 2005 prices, the estimated non-seasonally adjusted total volume of construction output in April 2013 was 1.1% lower than in April 2012 (Figure 1).
Comparing the three months from February 2013 with April 2013 with the same three months a year earlier, the volume of construction output decreased by 4.7%. New work was lower by 5.8% with large falls in public other new work and private-commercial other new work, which reported decreases of 17.3% and 8.8% respectively. Other new work excludes the housing and infrastructure sectors but includes construction on factories, warehouses, schools and offices etc. There was also a 2.8% decrease in repair and maintenance mainly due to a 7.5% fall in private housing repair and maintenance.
Comparing April 2013 with March 2013, the non-seasonally adjusted total volume of construction output decreased by 6.5% (Figure 1). There were decreases in all sectors with the exception of private housing new work and repair & maintenance which showed increases of 3.6% and 0.4% respectively. Overall repair & maintenance decreased by 9.7%, mainly due to large falls in infrastructure and public housing repair & maintenance, which fell 21.6% and 18.5% respectively.
Following a detailed analysis of the three years of monthly construction data, ONS has concluded that it is possible to produce monthly seasonally adjusted statistics for Output in the Construction Industry. These statistics will be introduced in the Quarterly National Accounts on the 27 June 2013 and will be published in all construction releases following this date.
These estimates for the construction industry are the second of the main components for the output approach to measuring GDP to be published for April 2013, the first month of quarter two 2013 (Table 1). Estimates for production were published on 11 June while the third main component of GDP, services, will be published on 27 June alongside the quarterly GDP release for Q2 2013.
Further information on the changes in growth and the levels of the components of construction are contained in tables 2 and 3 of the ‘Additional Information’ section of this bulletin.
The ‘Definitions and explanations’ section in the background notes of this bulletin includes additional information on items contained in this release.
These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.