ONS forced to admit blunders over wrong construction order figures

An apology was forced to be made by Government number crunchers after it was made clear that there were significant errors in the construction order figures.

The construction orders were officially stated to have risen by 0.2% in the last 3 months in comparison with the first quarter of the year, but in actual fact there was an 8.5% drop in new orders, something ONS chiefs have only just uncovered.

The amended figures now show that new construction orders are at the lowest they have been since third quarter of 1980. Among other errors amended was the 11% rise in year-on-year quarterly comparisons, which is actually a 0.3% contraction. Despite the amendments the ONS have said that there is no affect on the UK’s headline GDP figures.

Full story: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2012/09/28/bungling-ons-admits-error-in-construction-orders/

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