Howard Chapman

Best month for builders in nearly two years says ONS report

  • 13 Jun 2016

Howard Chapman, Buildingtalk editor, on the latest ONS (Office for National Statistics) construction output figures for Apr 2016.

Best month for builders for two years

  • output in the construction industry grew by 2.5% compared with March 2016.
  • all new work increased by 2.9%
  • all repair and maintenance increased by 1.9%
  • strong industrial production data overall means economy performing better than expected

However, business surveys still show a vote leave in the EU Referendum would hit the construction industry hard, not least because it relies heavily on migrant labour.

Link to video of recent construction industry EU Referendum debate.

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