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Construction output fell in May


The extra working day did little to help figures for the month

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Construction output fell 6.3 percent in May despite an extra working day, data from the Office for National Statistics showed on Friday.

Non-seasonably adjusted data from the ONS revealed that companies failed to benefit from an extra working day in May as the public holiday was shifted to June to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

"As such, caution should be taken when interpreting the monthly movements in affected outputs involving May and June 2012," the ONS said.

Between March and May construction output fell 7.4 percent compared to the same three months in 2011, with the main drag coming from new public housing work, which plunged by 22.9 percent.

Construction activity fell at its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years in June, a Purchasing Managers' Survey showed earlier this month, as underlying business conditions worsened and the extra public holiday hit output.

The UK fell back into its second recession in four years at the turn of the year and a recent slew of gloomy data has raised fears that the downturn extended into the last quarter.

The Bank of England last week announced a £50 billion top-up to its asset purchase programme in an effort to boost an economy struggling to return to growth.

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