The Office for National Statistics published a provisional estimate of construction output for July 2019:
Construction output decreased by 0.8% in the three-month on three-month all work series in July 2019; this was driven predominately by a fall in repair and maintenance of 2.2% with a minor contribution from a 0.1% fall in new work.
- In repair and maintenance, the fall in the three-month on three-month series in July 2019 was largely because of the 6.3% decline in private housing repair and maintenance, with a smaller contribution from the 0.6% fall in non-housing repair and maintenance.
- In new work, the decline in the three-month on three-month series in July 2019 was driven by public other new work and private new housing, with falls of 6.2% and 0.5% respectively; these were offset by an increase in public new housing of 6.8%.
- Construction output increased by 0.5% in the month-on-month all work series in July 2019; this was because of a 0.8% increase in new work along with flat growth (0.0%) in repair and maintenance
- New orders in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2019 fell by 13.3% reversing the increase of 10.4% in Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2019. This was driven by a 17.0% decline in all other work; all sectors apart from infrastructure experienced a decrease in comparison with Quarter 1 2019.