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Construction Industry Output for July 2015 & New Orders for Quarter II 04 -06 > 2015

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Main points 

• Output is defined as the amount charged by construction companies to customers for value of work (produced during the reporting period) excluding VAT and payments to sub-contractors.

• In July 2015, output in the construction industry decreased by 1.0% compared with June 2015, after increasing by 0.9% in June. All new work decreased by 1.5% while all repair and maintenance showed no growth.

• Within all new work, there were falls in all work types except infrastructure and private industrial. Public new housing, private new housing, public other new work and private commercial work decreased by 5.8%, 2.0%, 4.5% and 2.9% respectively.

• Within the repair and maintenance (R&M) category, the growth in non-housing R&M of 1.4% was offset by housing R&M which decreased by 1.4%. 

• Compared with July 2014, output in the construction industry decreased by 0.7%. This is the first year-on-year fall in construction output since May 2013, when it fell by 2.8%.

 • The second estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2015 published on 28 August 2015 included an estimate of construction which showed an increase in output of 0.2% in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2015. This estimate has not been revised in this release.

 • New orders for the construction industry in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2015 were estimated to have decreased by 0.4% compared with Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2015 and increased by 1.9% compared with Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2014. There were decreases in private commercial Output in the Construction Industry, July 2015 and New Orders Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2015 | 11 September 2015 Office for National Statistics | 2 (-12.0%), public other new work (-10.7%) and private new housing (-3.3%) in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2015. 

• There are no revisions to previous data in this release. 

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