This bulletin shows new orders in the construction industry for the third quarter of 2011.
The volume of private housing in the third quarter of 2011 rose by 0.3 per cent compared with the previous quarter but fell by 17.2 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier. These are based on constant price seasonally adjusted estimates.
Public housing orders in the third quarter of 2011 fell by 5.3 per cent compared with the previous quarter and fell by 16.5 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier. The volume in the third quarter is the lowest since the first quarter of 2009.
The volume of infrastructure orders in the third quarter of 2011 rose by 27.6 per cent compared with the previous quarter which was the lowest since quarter one of 2006. The third quarter of 2011 rose by 7.8 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.
The volume of public non-housing excluding infrastructure orders in the third quarter of 2011 rose by 12.2 per cent compared with the previous quarter which was the lowest volume since the first quarter of 2001. The third quarter of 2011 fell by 17.0 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.
The volume of private commercial orders in the third quarter of 2011 rose by 21.4 per cent compared with the previous quarter and rose by 7.8 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.
The volume in 2011 Q3 is approximately one half of that reported in 2007 Q2.
Private industrial orders in the third quarter of 2011 fell by 2.7 per cent compared with the previous quarter and fell by 3.8 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier. The current volume is approximately one third of the volume reached during 2006.
In general, revisions will follow the standard revisions policy for construction statistics 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|
Sources of revisions to the new orders series in Q3 2011 are as outlined in the table above and in note 1 of Background Notes.
|All new work|
|All new work||estimates||New|
|in this release||published||revisions|
Changes to Construction Statistics
Statistical bulletins for new orders are produced quarterly. Publication dates in 2011/2012 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) .
Standard revisions to the new orders series include late responses from contributors, revisions to the price indices used to deflate the current prices to constant (2005) prices and due to seasonal adjustment.
ONS launched a new website on 28 August 2011 which has improved the way users can access our statistics. However, many existing bookmarks and links no longer work and users will need to update them.
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 7.6 per cent, covers Sections 41, 42 and 43 of the Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (excluding section 41.1 (property developers)).
Revisions to previous periods: figures for the recent periods are provisional and subject to revision, mainly in the light of revisions to deflators. Current price figures are revised back one quarter.
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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