quarter of 2000 were nine per cent higher than in the previous
quarter. The comparison with the corresponding quarter a year ago
shows an increase of eight per cent. Within the total, the public
rose considerably due to a small number of very large contracts.
These few contracts alone accounted for almost all of the increase
when compared to the May Orders.
New orders in the private housing sector in the second quarter of
2000 fell by three per cent compared with the first quarter but were
three per cent higher than the corresponding quarter a year ago.
Public housing and housing association orders in the latest quarter
were five per cent lower compared with the previous quarter and also
five per cent lower than in the same quarter a year earlier. All
comparisons in this sector are affected by large variations due to
its relatively small size.
Infrastructure orders in the second quarter of 2000 were eight per
cent lower compared with the previous quarter but eight per cent
higher compared with the corresponding quarter a year earlier.
Public non-housing orders (excluding infrastructure) in the latest
quarter were 31 per cent higher when compared with the previous
quarter and 40 per cent higher compared with the corresponding
quarter a year ago. Private industrial orders in the second quarter
of 2000 were 14 per cent lower than in the previous quarter and four
per cent lower when compared with the same quarter a year ago.
Private commercial orders in latest quarter were 29 per cent higher
compared with the previous quarter and two per cent higher than in
the corresponding quarter a year ago.
1. Because monthly figures are variable, especially for individual
sectors, attention is directed to the latest three months.
2. Figures for individual sectors can be affected by exceptionally
3. Current price figures (table 3A) are adjusted - using information
on the movement of tender prices - to produce constant price figures
(tables 1 and 2) which provide a measure of volume.
4. A regional breakdown of orders at current prices is published
every quarter, ie for March, June, September and December.
5. Additional graphs showing more detailed trends in individual
sectors are included in the Information Bulletin.
6. Next publication date of Orders for New Construction Information
Bulletin: 7 September 2000.