Brick deliveries rose by almost 10 per cent year-on-year in August to “reinforce confidence” in the sector with distribution increasing in line with housebuilding demand, according to the Brick Development Association (BDA).
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported brick deliveries in the eighth month of the year were 8.9 per cent higher than in August 2015, with the seasonally adjusted figures also showing a month-on-month increase of 5.5 per cent and a year-to-date increase of 1.3 per cent on the same period last year.
Housebuilding increased by 20 per cent in the same month with the National House Building Council reporting 12,500 new home registrations in the eighth month on the year, helping to increase overall output of the sector in September for the first time since May, according to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI figures released earlier this week.
Chief executive of the BDA, Keith Aldis, said: “Following the Government’s announcement on Monday that a £3 billion Home Building Fund will be introduced, these distribution figures reinforce confidence across our membership. The industry is geared up to respond to changing market dynamics and is equipped to meet immediate demand.”