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Construction output falls in the third quarter of 2011

Construction output has fallen against the previous quarter and also against last year’s figures, new data from the Office of National Statistics shows.

The total volume of construction output in the third quarter of 2011 fell by 0.2% compared with the second quarter of 2011. Output also fell 1% compared with the same quarter in 2010.

New work fell by 1.8% compared with the same quarter in 2010, but repair and maintenance work helped to lift results, as this rose by 0.9% on 2010 levels.

Project management consultant Turner & Townsend managing director Andrew Duncan said the figures were further evidence of bad economic headwinds buffeting the construction sector. “As the Eurozone debt crisis goes from bad to worse, a tidal wave of uncertainty is washing across the Channel, swamping any green shoots that may have sprouted in the second quarter,” he said.

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