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Construction work up 1.7% in Sept qtr


Total construction work done in Australia rose 1.7 per cent in the September quarter, according to official data.

The median forecast among economists was for total construction work done to have risen 2.0 per cent in the September quarter.

Over the year to the September quarter, the volume of construction work done was up by 6.0 per cent, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said on Wednesday.

The ABS said total building work done in the September quarter, including homes and non-residential buildings like offices and shops, fell by 1.6 per cent from the June quarter.

Engineering work done, which includes mines, roads, bridges and the like, was up by 3.8.x per cent in the quarter.