By Daniel Hunter

The Office for National Statistics have revealed that a revival in building has helped to boost the UK's construction sector.

Official data showed that, On a seasonally-adjusted basis, construction output rose 4.6% in April compared with March, then flattened out in May.

The figures make it more likely that the UK economy will grow in the second quarter, building on its 0.3% growth in the first three months of 2013.

But output in May was still 4.8% lower than in the same month last year.

This is the first time the ONS has published monthly seasonally-adjusted figures for the sector.

Construction, which along with services and manufacturing is one of the three main measurements of economic output, has long been the worst-performing sector since the recession began in 2008.

Construction output has fallen 18.9%, compared with a 3.9% fall in gross domestic product (GDP) over the same period.

Construction volumes fell to £23.7bn in the first quarter of 2013, its lowest level since 1999, says the ONS.

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