New figures from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) show that construction orders rose by 10% in the 12 months to August 2006 compared to the same period last year.
The figures show marked variability, with some areas growing more quickly, while others are in decline. Public and housing association orders rose by 36%.Private commercial orders also rose by a substantial amount, 40% higher than a year ago. Private industrial orders rose by 19 per cent.However, private housing orders fell by five per cent compared to a year ago, while infrastructure orders and public non-housing orders excluding infrastructure both dropped by 11 per cent. The DTI also supplied figures for the three months to August 2006, compared to both the preceding three months and the same period a year ago. Overall, orders rose by 10% compared to the same period last year, but were unchanged compared to the preceding three months.Private housing orders fell by 6% compared to the same period last year but rose compared to the preceding three months. Orders for public and housing association rose by 40% compared to a year ago, but fell by three per cent compared to the preceding three months. Infrastructure orders fell by 21% compared to last year, and fell by 6% compared to the preceding three months.