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House-building starts slowed in fourth quarter

29 Mar 19 The number of new homes built in England in 2018 was 1% up on the previous year but there was a slow-down in activity in the final quarter of the year, according to government figures.

During 2018 the number of new build dwellings completed was 165,090, which was a 1% increase on 2017. The annual new starts totalled 165,160, which was the same as in 2017.

Data released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government1 show that in the fourth quarter of 2018 (October to December), new build dwelling starts in England were estimated at 40,580 (seasonally adjusted), which was an 8% decrease compared to the previous three months and a 2% decrease on a year earlier.

Completions were estimated at 42,970 (seasonally adjusted), a 2% increase from the previous quarter and 1% higher than a year ago.

1. House building; new build dwellings, England: December Quarter 2018

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