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Construction output up 5.4% with strong housing performance in weather-affected January

Construction output grew 5.4 per cent in January 2014 compared to the start of 2013 with housing showing the strongest performance in a weather-affected January

Latest output figures from the Office for National Statistics recorded output in January 2014 of £9.6bn, 5.4 per cent higher than in January 2013. A monthly comparison to December 2013, when poor weather also hit the UK, output was up 1.8 per cent.

New work was up by 5.9 per cent in January, while repair and maintenance was flat at a 0.2 per cent rise.

Strong year on year growth remained in the housing sectors, with public housing output up 35.3 per cent in January 2014 compared to January 2013, while private housing grew 23.3 per cent. Over the year infrastructure output fell, by 3.2 per cent, while commercial output was broadly flat but industrial fell by a significant 20.5 per cent to its lowest volume since July 2011.

Month on month, growth was more muted, with public and private housing growing by 1.4 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively in January 2014 compared with December 2013. Of the new work sectors, commercial saw the strongest growth, of 2.4 per cent.

A slight revision to the ONS figures now record construction output in 2013 overall to have grown by 1.1 per cent on 2012, rather than the 1.3 per cent posted in last month’s release.

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