The British construction sector declined sharply in the first quarter, adding to signs the economy struggled against global weakness and uncertainty about June’s European Union referendum, data showed Friday.
The Office for National Statistics said construction output, which makes up 6 percent of the economy, fell 1.1 percent in the three months to March – worse than its initial estimate of a 0.9 percent drop.
The weaker reading reflected a dismal March for construction output, which plunged 3.6 percent compared with February – the worst month-on-month figure since December 2012. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 2.5 percent drop.
March marked a third consecutive decline in month-on-month construction output – the first such run since the monthly series started in 2010.
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