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
The seasonally adjusted estimate of construction output in November 2013 is estimated to have fallen by 4.0% (£395 million) when compared with October 2013. Both sub-sectors contributed to the monthly decline in growth with new work falling 3.9% (£240 million) and repair & maintenance by 4.2% (£155 million).
The main contribution to the 3.9% month on month decline in new work was due to a 7.1% (£140 million) decrease in private commercial other new work. Within new work there was also a 3.2% (£50 million) fall in private new housing and a 4.8% (£55 million) decrease in infrastructure.
When comparing November 2013 with October 2013 there were decreases in all sub-sectors of repair & maintenance contributing to the 4.2% (£155 million) fall. The largest sub-sector, non-housing repair & maintenance fell 3.9% (£75 million) while housing repair & maintenance fell 4.4% (£80 million).
Comparing the three months, September to November, with the previous three months, June to August, construction output grew by 0.7%. There were small increases in new work and repair & maintenance of 0.8% and 0.6% respectively.
Despite the month on month fall in November the longer term picture is one of growth with construction output estimated to have risen by 2.2% when comparing November 2013 with November 2012, the sixth consecutive month on a year ago increase. The 2.2% year on year increase in all work was due to a 3.2% increase in new work and a more modest 0.6% increase in repair and maintenance.
This longer term growth is confirmed when comparing the three months, September to November with the same three months twelve months ago. Over this period all work increased by 5.1%. The components of all work, new work and repair & maintenance, increased by 5.3% and 4.7% respectively.
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