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Government figures show construction output up in third quarter

The total volume of construction output in the third quarter of 2009 rose by 2% compared with the second quarter of 2009, official figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed.

Total contractor output between July and September stood at £25.0bn, up on £24.5bn between April and June.

The increase means that officially construction is out of recession. However infrastructure spending fell back to £1.96bn after rising in the second quarter of the year to £2.03bn.

The overaall rise was largely attributed to a 10% rise in repair and maintenance. This was offset by a fall in new work of 4%.

The total volume of construction output in the 12 months to the third quarter of 2009 fell by 11% compared with the previous 12 month period.

 

YearQuarterInfrastructure (£M)  All work (£M)
200711,38927,442
 21,53227,680
 31,65527,808
 41,61328,022
200811,78628,311
 21,84028,023
 3 (R)1,82827,346
 4 (R)1,66626,036
20091 (R)1,88624,324
 2 (R)2,02824,461
 3 (P)1,96024,954

 

The total volume of new work in the 12 months to the third quarter of 2009 was 12% lower compared with the previous 12 months and was 4% lower in the third quarter when compared with the previous quarter.

The total volume of repair and maintenance work fell by 8% in the 12 months to the third quarter of 2009 compared with the previous 12 months but was 10% higher in the third quarter of 2009 compared with the previous quarter.

New infrastructure output in the 12 months to the third quarter of 2009 was 7% higher compared with the previous 12 months but the
third quarter of 2009 was 3% lower compared with the previous quarter.

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