Kate Davies, 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
The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in April 2014 rose by 1.2% (£113 million) when compared with March 2014. There was a slight rise of 0.9% (£55 million) in new work and a larger increase of 1.6% (£57 million) in repair and maintenance.
The year-on-year picture is also one of growth. Compared with April 2013, construction output increased by 4.6%, all new work increased by 4.9% due to strong increases in new housing and private industrial work. Repair and maintenance increased by 4.2% over the same period.
The second estimate of GDP for Q1 2014 published on 22 May 2014 included an estimate of construction growth of 0.6%. This has been revised up in this release to an increase of 1.5%, late survey data particularly for March 2014 is the cause of this revision.
This revision of 0.9% results in an increased contribution to GDP growth of 0.09 percentage points compared with the previously published contribution of 0.01 percentage points, meaning that if all other components are unchanged GDP could be potentially be revised by 0.1% percentage points.
Construction new orders in Q1 2014 were estimated to be 6.3% lower than Q4. There were falls in orders for public new housing (-45.7%), infrastructure (-16.5%), private industrial (-14.6%) and private commercial work (-1.9%). Public other new work and private housing new orders both increased by 6.8% and 2.8% respectively.
The fall in public housing was the largest fall since the series began in 1964, However, as the chart in the New Orders section of this bulletin shows the volume of new orders of public housing was not as low as in Q4 1990. A possible reason for the fall in public housing new orders is that investment in housing associations is coming from private investment rather than a public source.
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