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New construction orders in the first quarter of 2001 rose by 13 per cent compared with the preceding quarter, and by 9 per cent on the same period in 2000. Orders in the year to March 2001 rose by 7 per cent.

Private housing orders in the first quarter of 2001 rose by 12 per cent compared with the previous quarter, but were 10 per cent down on the same period in 2000.Private housing orders in the year to March 2001 fell by 6 per cent.

Public housing and housing association orders in the first quarter of 2001 were down 23 per cent on the preceding quarter, but rose by 20 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2000.

Traffic levels fell by 1 per cent in the first quarter of 2001 compared with the same period in 2000. There was a drop of 3 per cent in March, probably attributable to the foot-and-mouth crisis.

Revised estimates for 2000 show traffic has increased by 0.4 per cent since 1999.

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