The main points:
Monthly construction output fell 0.2% in volume terms in August 2021 with the level of output now 1.5% below its pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (February 2020) level; new work remained flat this month (0.0%) with repair and maintenance falling (0.6%) on the month; anecdotal evidence from businesses continued to suggest that product shortages caused by supply chain issues and subsequent price rises were the main reasons for the decline.
The level of construction output in August 2021 was 1.5% (£214 million) below the February 2020 pre-pandemic level; new work was 3.7% (£348 million) below the February 2020 level, while repair and maintenance work was 2.7% (£135 million) above the February 2020 level.
The recovery to date, since the start of the pandemic, is mixed at a sector level, shown with infrastructure 45.4% (£852 million) above and private commercial 26.3% (£656 million) below their respective February 2020 levels in August 2021.
Alongside the monthly fall in August, construction output fell 1.2% in the three months to August 2021, the first three-monthly fall since July 2020, driven by a fall in repair and maintenance of 4.7%.
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