This bulletin shows new orders in the construction industry for the first quarter of 2012. Figures are in constant (2005) prices and are seasonally adjusted. This publication focuses on the latest quarterly figures and includes revisions to earlier periods in line with our revisions policy.
This information 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 foundation works are started. This series cannot be used to directly predict future output in the construction sector, though it gives an indication of trends in the construction and allied trades industry.
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The volume of new orders for private housing in the first quarter of 2012 fell by 10.7 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2011 and by 13.7 per cent compared with the same period one year earlier.
Public housing orders in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 5.7 per cent compared with the previous quarter and fell by 40.6 per cent compared with the same period one year earlier.
The volume of infrastructure orders in the first quarter of 2012 decreased by 13.6 per cent compared with the previous quarter. However, there was an increase of 59.5 per cent compared with the same period one year earlier.
The volume of public non-housing (excluding infrastructure) orders in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 2.2 per cent compared with the previous quarter and decreased by 41.5 per cent compared with one year earlier.
The volume of private commercial orders in the first quarter of 2012 grew by 27.8 per cent compared with the previous quarter and increased by 8.4 per cent compared with the same period one year earlier.
Private industrial orders in the first quarter of 2012 increased by 57.9 per cent compared with the previous quarter and by 48.8 per cent compared with the same period one year earlier.
In general, revisions will follow the standard revisions policy for construction statistics shown in the Revisiopns to New Orders table:
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Sources of revisions to the new orders series in the first quarter of 2012 are as outlined in the table above and Note 2 of the Background Notes.
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Changes to Construction Statistics
Statistical bulletins for new orders are produced quarterly. Publication dates in 2011/12 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’ (135.4 Kb Pdf) .
An explanation of the changes introduced in 2010 and the impact this has had on the published series (115.6 Kb Pdf) is available on the ONS website.
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.
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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 7.6 per cent, 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.
Releases on construction output and employment prior to the transfer to ONS can be found on the BIS website.
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