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Infrastructure output drops by almost 25%

The volume of new infrastructure output in the second quarter dropped by 23.9% compared to the same period in 2011, official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

The latest gloomy figures follows news last week that infrastructure orders had dropped by 20.4%.

Total construction output fell by 10% between May and July 2012, compared to the same period in 2011. New work fell by 14.2% and repair maintenance by 1.2% over the same period

But the figures did show three areas of growth - infrastructure repair and maintenance output by 3.5%, private industrial new work rose by 1.5% and private-non housing repair and maintenance growing by 0.7% in the second quarter.

ONS said the figures could have been affected by the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday as well as the Olympic Games.

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