Construction activity falls 3.3% in first quarter

| May 1, 2018

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Construction activity slid by 3.3% in the first three months of 2018, impacted by Carillion’s collapse and bad weather. The fall contributed a 0.2% fall to UK GDP, which grew by jus t0.1% during the first quarter. It is the first preliminary estimate of GDP by the ONS and incorporates 45% of total data for the quarter, so be subject to further revisions.

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