Output growth beats expectations as construction sector ends 2016 on a high

UK construction output grew by almost two per cent in December with house and commercial building helping the sector to beat all expectations, official statistics reveal.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), construction output increased by 1.8 per cent in the final month of 2016 when compared with November and was also up 0.6 per cent on the same month in 2015.

The rise was largely due to an increase in new work with private commercial work one of the main drivers behind the growth, expanding by 5.2 per cent in the 12th month of the year.

But it was new housing work that provided the biggest boost to growth in all work. Both public (7.6 per cent) and private (2.1 per cent) continued to rise at a sizeable rate, in comparison with both the previous month and previous year.

However, infrastructure fell for the 11th consecutive month despite growing by 0.2 per cent in December.

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