Cool summer for private housing construction orders

New construction orders for private housing were down over the summer, according to the release of the August 2007 report from the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

New construction orders generally in the twelve months to August 2007 rose by two per cent compared with the previous twelve months, but orders in the three months to August 2007 fell by three per cent compared to the same period a year earlier. Click here for information about the construction industry.

Orders in the three months to August 2007 fell by eight percent compared to the previous three months, with decreases in public housing, private housing and private commercial sectors more than offsetting an increase in private industrial sectors.

Private housing orders in the twelve months to August 2007 were unchanged compared to those in the previous twelve months. Orders in the three months to August 2007 fell by 20 per cent compared with the previous three months, and by 17 per cent compared with the same period a year earlier.

Public housing and housing association orders rose by 15 per cent in the twelve months to August 2007 compared with the previous twelve months.  Orders in the three months to August 2007 fell by 20 per cent compared to the previous three months, and by eight per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.

All comparisons in this sector are affected by large variations due to its relatively small
size.

Infrastructure orders in the twelve months to August 2007 rose by three per cent compared with the previous twelve months. Orders in the three months to August 2007 were unchanged compared with the previous three months, but rose by five per cent when compared to the same period a year earlier.