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
In line with the announcement made on 24 June 2013 this statistical bulletin now combines the Output in the Construction Industry and New Orders in the Construction Industry statistical releases.
ONS estimates that in July 2013 the volume of monthly construction output increased by 2.2% when compared with June 2013 (see figure 1). This increase was predominantly due to a rise in new work of 3.2% coupled with a small rise of 0.6% in repair and maintenance.
When comparing July 2013 with July 2012 construction output has increased by 2.0% (see figure 1) due to a 5.8% increase in new work. This rise in new work is in contrast to the estimated 3.6% fall in repair & maintenance during the same period.
Comparing the three months, May to July, with the same three months 12 months ago, the output of construction has increased by 0.8%. Construction output grew by 2.0% when compared with the previous three months (February to April 2013).
In Q2 2013 the volume of new orders is estimated to be 19.8% higher than Q1 2013 (see figure 3). The Q2 2013 estimate shows a 32.8% rise compared with Q2 2012. There were large rises in construction orders for new housing where both public and private new housing showed strong growths enabling all new housing to record its largest growth (19.4%) since Q3 2010 and its highest volume since Q4 2007.
Construction output is a monthly series of the output of the construction industry in both the private and public sectors. Current price and chained volume measures not seasonally adjusted data by sector are published along with a quarterly series of constant price seasonally adjusted index data and value data by sector.
Construction new orders is a quarterly series that is based on data supplied to the ONS by Barbour ABI.