British construction output held steady during the first full month after the June vote to leave the European Union, bucking expectations for a fall, while the trade deficit narrowed slightly, official data showed on Friday.
Construction volumes were unchanged in July after a 1.0 percent drop in June, a smaller fall than the average 0.8 percent decline forecast in a Reuters poll, the Office for National Statistics said.
But compared with a year earlier, volumes were 1.5 percent lower, the biggest drop since April 2013 though a smaller decline than the 3.2 percent economists had forecast.
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