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CPA warns of marginal fall in Q4 construction output following Q3 growth

Today’s GDP figures, published by ONS, highlight that the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013; however, construction declined 0.3% over the same period.

Commenting on these figures, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said:  “The 0.3% decrease in the preliminary estimate for construction in 2013 Q4 was disappointing but followed an increase of 2.6% in the previous quarter. Furthermore, between 2012 Q4 and 2013 Q4, construction output increased by 4.5%.

“This GDP estimate shows that the construction industry’s recovery is still in early days.  Of the four main sectors, construction output was the only one to register a negative result.  However, this was a marginal fall in the preliminary figures within a general upward trend, and our latest Forecasts anticipate a 3.4% rise in construction output for 2014.”



The Construction Products Association represents the UK’s manufacturers and suppliers of construction products, components and fittings.  The Association acts as a single voice for the construction products sector, representing the industry-wide view of its members. The sector has an annual turnover of more than £40 billion and accounts for over 1/3 of total construction output.


Noble Francis             Economics Director
Construction Products Association
Tel :                             020 7323 3770
Fax :                            020 7323 0307
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E-mail :                        noble.francis@constructionproducts.org.uk

Jeff May                      Marketing and Communications Manager
Construction Products Association
Tel :                             020 7323 3770
Fax :                            020 7323 0307
Mobile :                       0790 447 6166
E-mail :                        jeff.may@constructionproducts.org.uk

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