Small fall in Q4 construction output

Published:  29 January, 2014

Yesterday’s GDP figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, have highlighted that the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013, while construction declined 0.3% over the same period.

Noble Francis, economics director at the Construction Products Association, said: “The 0.3% decrease in the preliminary estimate for construction in 2013 Q4 was disappointing, but followed an increase of 2.6% in the previous quarter. Furthermore, between 2012 Q4 and 2013 Q4, construction output increased by 4.5%.

“This GDP estimate shows that the construction industry’s recovery is still in early days. Of the four main sectors, construction output was the only one to register a negative result. However, this was a marginal fall in the preliminary figures within a general upward trend, and our latest forecasts anticipate a 3.4% rise in construction output for 2014.”

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