Output in the construction industry: January 2016 and new orders Quarter 4 2015
In January 2016, output in the construction industry decreased by 0.2% compared with December 2015. All new work decreased by 0.8% while all repair and maintenance increased by 0.8%.
Within all new work, there were decreases in public new housing (-10.6%) and infrastructure (-8.6%) which were offset by increases in private commercial (4.7%), public other new work (1.6%), private industrial (0.7%) and private new housing (0.6%). Within the repair and maintenance (R and M) category, housing repair and maintenance increased by 3.0% while there was a decrease of 1.5% in non-housing repair and maintenance.
Compared with January 2015, output in the construction industry decreased by 0.8%. There were decreases in both all new work and repair and maintenance of 0.4% and 1.4% respectively.
New orders for the construction industry in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2015 were estimated to have decreased by 0.5% compared with Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2015 and increased by 1.4% compared with Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2014.
The second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2015 published on 25 February 2016 included an estimate of construction which showed a decrease in output of 0.4% in Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2015. This estimate has been revised upwards by 0.7 percentage points to an increase of 0.3% in this release. This has no impact on GDP to 1 decimal place. More information on revisions are included in the Background notes section of this bulletin.
Source: ONS (Office for national Statistics)
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