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Construction output tumbles nearly 10 per cent

Construction output fell almost 10 per cent year on year in November, and was down 3.4 per cent on a month earlier

The industry saw a turnover of £8.4 billion in the month, down from £9.3 billion a year earlier, reported sister title Construction News.

The latest Office of National Statistics figures say output in November 2012 was estimated to have been 9.8 per cent lower than in November 2011.

The largest contributor to the decline in output was the private commercial sector which fell by 16.2 per cent. It is the largest sector, contributing approximately 22 per cent to total output, the ONS said.

Infrastructure output was down 7.8 per cent year-on-year and 7.9 per cent lower than October.

Meanwhile, public non-housing, including education and health, fell 15.8 per cent in the year, and was down 3.9 per cent month-on-month.

Public housing fell 20 per cent in 12 months, and 2 per cent from October, while private housing was down 4 per cent in the year, and 5.6 per cent month-on-month.

Comparing the three months from September to November 2012 with the same three months one year earlier, construction output decreased by 9.1 per cent.

New work decreased by 11.2 per cent and repair and maintenance by 5 per cent.

The only sectors to show output growth were public housing repair and maintenance, which increased by 6.6 per cent, and private industrial which increased by 0.2 per cent.

The figures are subject to revision.

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