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Construction output on the up

Construction output rose by 2% between the second and third quarters of 2009, according to official figures published by the Office of National Statistics this week.

Total third quarter contractor output was £25bn, up on the £24.5bn figure recorded in the first quarter. The 25% increase means that construction is technically out of recession. But the overall recovery masks the fact that infrastructure spending fell from £2.03bn in the second quarter to £1.96bn.

The overall rise was largely attributed to a 10% increase in repair and maintenance work. New construction work fell 4%. The total volume of construction output in the 12 months to the end of the third quarter of 2009 fell by 11% compared with the previous 12 month period.

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