Data from the ONS shows construction slowed in October, shrinking 0.6% in the month compared with growth of 0.9% in September. This figure fell short of forecasts, with economists expecting a 0.2% increase. The number of new projects starting fell by 0.9 % compared with September – although output was up 0.7% over the year. New house building increased by 2.4% month-on-month and 12.6% year-on-year. A dip in infrastructure work drove the overall decline, with a fall in new orders for public projects such as schools and hospitals – as well as a slowdown in repair and maintenance activity.