By Jonathan Davies

Output in the construction industry grew by 0.7% in October, compared with the same period last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

The ONS said that it marked the 17th consecutive month of growth in the industry, but it was the weakest annual growth since May 2013.

On a monthly basis, output fell by 2.2% in October. New orders fell by 1.7% and there was a 3.1% decline in repairs and maintenance work.

New orders were up 5.2% compared with the second quarter and up 3.2% against the third quarter in 2013.

The ONS also increased estimates for the growth of the construction industry during the third quarter. When figures for economic growth were released in November, the ONS said construction had grown by 0.8%. But new estimates pin growth at 1.6%.

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