New construction orders: November 2006

Orders in the twelve months to November 2006 rose by eight per cent
compared with the previous twelve months, and orders in the three months
to November 2006 rose by two per cent compared to the same period a year
earlier. Orders in the three months to November 2006 fell by eight per
cent compared to the previous three months, with increases in public
housing, private housing, infrastructure and private industrial orders
being offset by decreases in public non-housing and private commercial
sectors. All orders figures quoted are seasonally adjusted and in
constant (2000) prices.

Private housing orders in the twelve months to November 2006 fell by
four per cent compared to those in the previous twelve months. Orders in
the three months to November 2006 rose by six per cent compared with
the previous three months, and by nine per cent compared with the same
period a year earlier.

Public housing and housing association orders rose by 46 per cent in
the twelve months to November 2006 compared with the previous twelve
months. Public housing and housing association orders in the three months
to November 2006 rose by 11 per cent compared to the previous three
months, and by 37 per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.
All comparisons in this sector are affected by large variations due to
its relatively small size.

Infrastructure orders in the twelve months to November 2006 fell by 22
per cent compared with the previous twelve months. Orders in the three
months to November 2006 rose by seven per cent compared with the
previous three months, but fell by 19 per cent when compared to the same
period a year earlier.

Public non-housing orders (excluding infrastructure) in the twelve
months to November 2006 fell by 11 per cent compared with the previous
twelve months. Orders in the three months to November 2006 fell by 19 per
cent compared with the previous three months, and by 15 per cent when
compared to the same period a year earlier.

Private commercial orders in the twelve months to November 2006 were 35
per cent higher than in the previous twelve months. Orders in the
three months to November 2006 were 21 per cent lower compared to the
previous three months, but rose by nine per cent compared to the same period
a year earlier.

Private industrial orders in the twelve months to November 2006 rose by
19 per cent compared to the previous year. Orders in the three months
to November 2006 rose by one per cent compared to the previous three
months, and by six per cent compared to the same period a year earlier.