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Release: Output in the Construction Industry, May 2014

Released: 11 July 2014 Next edition: 08 August 2014


Kate Davies, Office for National Statistics

Business Indicators and Balance of Payments

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456344

Categories: Economy, National Accounts, National Income, Expenditure and Output, Business and Energy, Production Industries, Building and Construction, Output in the Construction Industry

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): Construction: Output & Employment

  • This statistical bulletin provides users with the latest estimates of output in the construction industry for May 2014. Output is defined as the amount charged by construction companies to customers for value of work (produced during the reporting period) excluding VAT and payments to sub-contractors.

  • In May 2014, output in the construction industry was estimated to have fallen by 1.1% compared with April 2014, after increasing by 1.2% in April. Both new work and repair & maintenance fell by 1.1% in May 2014.

  • In all new work the largest contribution to the fall came from private commercial work and public other new work. New work public housing and private industrial work increased, but due to the relatively small size of these work types, the increases did little to offset the falls elsewhere.

  • Compared with May 2013, output in the construction industry increased by 3.5%. All new work and repair & maintenance both increased by 3.7% and 3.1% respectively.

  • There were notable year-on-year falls in infrastructure, public other new work and private commercial.

  • Housing new work provided the largest contribution to the increase in all new work compared with May 2013, with both public and private housing seeing substantial increases of 29.3% and 16.8% respectively. This resulted in all new housing increasing by 19.4%. Private industrial new work also increased compared with 2013.
Construction output is a monthly series of the output of the construction industry in both the private and public sectors. In the months before the quarter month, current and constant price not seasonally adjusted data by sector are published. On the quarter months, additional constant price seasonally adjusted index data and value data by sector are published. On the months after the quarter, additional current price data by type of work and region are published.

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