1.8% jump in construction output fuels industry optimism
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March 14 2014
Underscoring optimism in the sector the numbers have been welcomed by commentators, with Dr Noble Francis, economics director at the Construction Products Association saying: “New orders are an early indicator of future output, so the 1.5% rise during the final quarter of 2013 suggests that the growth in activity is also likely to continue over the next 12-18 months.
“Private housing was the key driver of construction growth in January with sector output 23.3% higher than a year earlier. New orders for private housing in Q4 rose 7.2% compared with Q3 and indicate growth for the sector in 2014 and 2015. The Association forecasts that private housing starts will rise 16% this year and a further 10% in 2015.
“Output in public non-housing, which primarily covers schools and hospitals work, has suffered greatly in recent years but looks set for a recovery. Output in the sector fell 34% between 2010 and 2013. In January, however, output was 2.2% higher than a year earlier and new orders in Q4 were 16.8% higher than in Q3, pointing towards sector growth this year.”
The run of good news was offset somewhat however by a 22.2 per cent quarter on quarter slump in new infrastructure orders during the last three months of 2013.
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