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One per cent rise for construction orders

Construction orders rose by one per cent overall in 2007 compared to 2006, but private housing orders fell by six per cent and private industrial orders dropped by 12 per cent.

Figures released by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform said p
rivate housing orders rallied at the end of the year and were six per cent up on the previous quarter, but this was still 11 per cent below the same quarter in 2006.

Private industrial orders also rose in the fourth quarter of 2007 by 10 per cent, but were 17 per cent lower than the same quarter a year before.

Infrastruture orders saw the biggest rise - up 24 per cent on 2006.
Orders in the fourth quarter were 17 per cent higher than the same quarter a year earlier.

Public housing and housing association orders rose by seven per cent overall and were 14 per cent higher than 2006 in the last quarter.

Public non-housing orders rose by five per cent compared with 2006, but in the fourth quarter orders fell by three per cent. This was still three per cent higher compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

Private commercial orders were two per cent higher than in 2006. Orders in the fourth quarter of 2007 were four per cent lower compared to the previous quarter, but 10 per cent above 2006 figures.