Housing up but UK infrastructure work slows

construction worker stockConstruction output in Great Britain fell by 0.2 per cent in November 2016 compared with October 2016, largely due to a contraction in non-housing repair and maintenance, official statistics have shown.

In the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) construction output report, the three months September to November 2017 show a rise of 1.6 per cent, year on year, with all new work up 4.3 per cent but repair & maintenance down 3.2 per cent.

Over the quarter, private housing was up 12.6 per cent but infrastructure was down 6.1 per cent.

Despite the overall fall in all work during November 2016, new housing continued to grow at an increasing overall rate of 1.2 per cent in comparison with October 2016, representing the biggest increment since February 2016. This has resulted in housing output reaching an all-time high of £2,639 million.

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