Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Construction Building Again after Wet Winter

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Construction Building Again after Wet Winter

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Byline: Ben Chu

BRITAIN's builders were forced to down tools by February's floods and storms, official statistics showed today, with the Met Office reporting that it was the wettest winter in England and Wales since records began in 1766.

Total output fell by 2.8% from January, as exceptionally bad weather afflicted large areas of the country, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Private house building was the worst affected, shrinking by 6.3%. Infrastructure was also hit hard, sliding by 3.7%.

However, the construction setback followed a 2.1% increase in output in January and activity remains 2.8% higher than in the same month a year ago. Over the three months to February output was up 0.3% on the preceding quarter and industry surveys suggest that building activity recovered in March.

"Construction output will hopefully have seen a marked rebound in March given the much better weather and seemingly healthy underlying business," said Howard Archer of IHS Global Insight. …

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