- DTI figures show that the total volume of orders in the first quarter of 2003 was worth £6.81bn, up 4% on the previous quarter but down 1% on 1Q02.
- The total volume of orders remained historically high at the beginning of 2003, as it was throughout most of 2002.
- Four sectors – public housing, private housing, infrastructure and commercial development – recorded rises both year on year and quarter on quarter.
- Year on year, all sectors experienced an increase in the volume of orders recorded, with the exception of infrastructure.
- Quarter on quarter, however, both the public non-residential and industrial sectors recorded declines in orders.
- The notoriously erratic volume of infrastructure orders almost doubled (+98%) between 4Q02 and 1Q03, but dropped by 30% year on year.
- Industrial orders were up by an annual 8% despite the continued difficulties of the manufacturing industry.
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