Construction output falls back after March surge

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Construction output dipped by 2% in April, following a surge of 5.8% in March, the latest official figures have revealed.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that April output stood slightly (0.3%) above the pre-pandemic February 2020 level, with new work still subdued by a stronger level of repair and maintenance work.

In April, new work fell by 2.9%, while repair and maintenance was down 0.6%.

New work was still 3.4% below the February 2020 level, while repair and maintenance was 7.1% above.

Looking over the quarter, construction output grew by 5.1% in the three months to April 2021, compared with the previous three-month period, because of a 5.2% increase in new work and a 4.9% increase in repair and maintenance.

Total construction output by value in April 2021 was nearly £14bn.

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