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Quarterly brick sales up 10%

New statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show growing demand for bricks in the second quarter.

For the months of April to June 2016, brick deliveries were 10.4% higher than in the first quarter. Brick deliveries in June 2016 were 7.4% higher than in the previous month.

Despite numerous indicators suggesting a slowdown in the construction industry, these numbers correlate with ONS housebuilding statistics. These show that 41,222 new homes were built in the UK in the second quarter of 2016, an increase on the same period in 2015 and the highest number of houses built in any three-month period since Q4 2007.

Andrew Eagles, new chief executive of the Brick Development Association, said: “This is encouraging.  Manufacturers have geared up supply to meet demand.  It is heartening to see an increase in house numbers and increased deliveries of brick to help get those homes built with quality durable materials.”

 

The Construction Index, 4th August 2016

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