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Release: Output in the Construction Industry, November 2013

Released: 10 January 2014 Next edition: 14 February 2014


Stuart Deneen, Office for National Statistics

Business Indicators and Balance of Payments

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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

  • 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.

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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