UK construction output down 11.6 pct yy in Aug


LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - British construction output fell11.6 percent on the year in August, non-seasonably adjusted datafrom the Office for National Statistics showed on Friday.

Compared to July, construction dipped 0.9 percent after a2.1 percent month-on-month rise in July.

Between June and August construction output dropped 11.9percent compared to the same three months in 2011, with the maindrag coming from a 15.6 percent slide in new work.

The ONS warned that caution should be taken wheninterpreting movements in output involving June 2012 because aMay public holiday was postponed until June, when another daywas added to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.

A steep slump in construction output was the main drag onBritain's economy in the first half of 2012, pushing the countryback into recession.

(Reporting by Olesya Dmitracova and Sven Egenter)

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