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UK construction output falls sharply in August

Staff Writer |
Construction output in the UK fell sharply in August. Total production sank at a 1.5% month-on-month clip, according to the Office for National Statistics, and by 0.2% versus the prior year month.

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July's fall was revised up from an initial estimate of -1.0% to a decline of 0.5%. Compared to July, new work and repair and maintenance output registered decreases of 1.4% and 1.5% over the month, respectively.

Within the new work category, the largest fall came from infrastructure, ONS said. In terms of quarterly rates of change, output in construction dropped 1.3%.

ONS cautioned against over-interpreting the figures for any single month.

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