The volume of new work in the third quarter of 1999 was 2% higher than the previous quarter and 4% up on the same period a year ago.
More than £7.7bn of new build output was recorded in the third quarter of 1999. Total output, including repair and maintenance, was £14.3bn in the third quarter.
New infrastructure output in the third quarter was 4% up on the previous quarter and 6% higher than the same period last year.
The DETR said repair and maintenance work was 1% down on the previous quarter but unchanged from the same time last year. It added that private housing was 2% higher than the previous quarter and 1% lower than the same period last year.
Public sector housing is booming. It is 10% up on the previous quarter, but this is still down 8% on the same time last year.
Industrial work is suffering. Private industrial output is 3% down on the second quarter of 1999 and 2% lower than the same time last year.