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  • Katherine Dobson
  • 13 September 2001
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NEW CONSTRUCTION ORDERS: JULY 2001

Orders in the year to July 2001 rose by one per cent compared to the
previous year but orders in the three months to July 2001 fell by 11
per cent compared to the same period a year earlier, which was
exceptionally high following large contracts in June 2000. Orders in
the three months to July 2001 fell by 6 per cent compared to the
previous three month period, with falls in all sectors except public
non-housing.

Private housing orders in the three months to July 2001 fell by one
per cent compared with the previous three month period and were 11
per cent lower than the same period a year ago. Orders in the year to
July 2001 fell by 10 per cent. Public housing and housing association
orders in the three months to July 2001 showed a fall of 19 per cent
compared to the previous three month period, and of one per cent
compared to the same period a year earlier. Public housing and
housing association orders in the year to July rose by four per cent
when compared to the previous twelve month period. All comparisons in
this sector are affected by large variations due to its relatively
small size.

Infrastructure orders in the three months to July 2001 were 30 per
cent lower compared with the previous three month period, and were 15
per cent lower than in the same period a year earlier. This follows
high levels of orders in the first four months of 2001. Orders in the
year to July 2001 rose by seven per cent compared with the previous
twelve month period.

Public non-housing orders (excluding infrastructure) in the three
months to July 2001 were 22 per cent higher compared with the
previous three month period, but two per cent lower compared to the
same period a year earlier. The recent rise is mainly due to
continuing high levels of orders in the schools sector. Orders in the
twelve months to July 2001 were three per cent lower when compared
with the previous twelve month period.

Private commercial orders in the three months to July 2001 were three
per cent lower compared to the previous three month period and 18
percent lower than in the same period a year earlier. These falls
were mainly due to low levels of office orders in May and July.
Orders in the twelve months to July 2001 were six per cent higher
than in the previous twelve month period. Private industrial orders
in the three months to July 2001 were one per cent lower than in the
previous three month period, but were 12 per cent higher compared to
the same period a year earlier, due mainly to recent orders for
warehouses. Orders in the year to July 2001 were unchanged on the
previous twelve month period.

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. Because monthly figures are variable, especially for individual
sectors, attention is directed to the latest three months.

2. Figures for individual sectors can be affected by exceptionally
large contracts.

3. Current price figures (table 3A) are adjusted - using information
on the movement of tender prices - to produce constant price figures
(tables 1 and 2) which provide a measure of volume.

4. A regional breakdown of orders at current prices is published
every quarter, i.e. for March, June, September and December.

5. Additional graphs showing more detailed trends in individual
sectors are included in the Statistical Release

6. National Statistics are produced to high professional standards
set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo
regular quality assurance reviews to ensure they meet customer needs

7. Next publication date of New Construction Orders Statistical
Release: 11 October 2001