Construction output dips in April

In April 2017 construction output fell both month-on-month and 3 month on 3 month, by 1.6% and 0.6% respectively, according to ONS data.

When compared with March 2017, the most notable downward pressure on construction output came from private housing, which fell by 6.9%, equating to a real value fall of £168 million.

Public housing also provided some downward drag on output, falling 7.9%, resulting in a £32 million fall. Total housing therefore fell by 7.1%; however, this comes in the shadow of particularly strong growth in March 2017, where total housing grew by 5.5%.

In contrast, the only sector to provide upward pressure on output was infrastructure. The 5.7% rise in infrastructure equated to an £83 million increase in real volume terms. This follows two consecutive month-on-month decreases for infrastructure.

Although construction output has fallen in April 2017, the figure for March 2017 has now been revised to a growth of 0.7%, having previously been published as a retraction of 0.7%. January 2017 has also been revised upwards, from negative 0.1% to 0.3%. These revisions have occurred as a result of late data being received, causing upward revisions across all types of work, in particular infrastructure and private housing.

As a result, growth in construction output for Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2017 has been revised from 0.2% to 1.1%. This will lead to a 0.05 percentage point revision to gross domestic product (GDP) in Quarter 1 2017, all else being equal.

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