Construction output falling

Published:  11 June, 2009

UK: Total volume of construction output fell by 9% in the first quarter of the year compared to the previous three months, new figures show. 

The data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that private housing work and public housing work declined by 8% and 10% in the period, respectively.

The figures also showed that there was a 6% drop in output in the 12 months to the first quarter of 2009, compared to the 12-month period preceding it.

Noble Francis, economics director of the Construction Products Association, said: "These figures confirm the seriousness of the downturn that is facing the industry. There is a lot of pain still to be had.

"However, the Government has shown its desire to bring forward capital spending to help provide a fiscal stimulus to the economy, unfortunately it is unclear exactly how this money is being spent and what it is intended to deliver." 

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